The Bexley Education Foundation’s first ever Annual Meeting on May 9 put students and teachers in the spotlight in Bexley High School’s Schottenstein Theater to show how BEF grants and programs are making an impact in the Bexley Schools.
Guests were treated to the sounds of the Bexley Middle School Jazz Combo, as well as a beautiful performance of the song “You Will be Found” from the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen sung by Cassingham second graders and the BHS Vocal Ensemble. Members of Bexley High School’s student Improv group, Whose Lion is it Anyway, provided a unique look at flexible seating options “through the ages.” Aided by a $50,000 grant from the Eight Keys Foundation last year, the BEF has funded the purchase of a variety seating options in elementary classrooms as well as standing desks at Bexley Middle School and new stackable chairs and flip tables in the Cassingham Library.
Individuals recognized at the Annual Meeting included Bexley High School Social Studies Teacher, Dr. Scott King-Owen and former Bexley City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael L. Johnson. Dr. King-Owen accepted the Bexley Educator of the Year Award and a $1,000 check from the Glick Family Fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation, noting that “no person achieves anything entirely on his or her own merit.” He credited the extraordinary Bexley community, his colleagues, students, husband and all the teachers who nurtured him in his journey as a student, brought out the best in him and led him on the path to teaching. Saying that he was known for bursting into song, Dr. King-Owen concluded his remarks by singing “For Good” from the musical Wicked.
Former Superintendent Michael L. Johnson was honored at the Annual Meeting with the BEF’s Linda Kass Excellence in Education Award. Dr. Johnson becomes the fourth recipient of the award, following Linda Kass (for whom the award is named), Bob Darwin (posthumously) and Barbara Giller. Over his 16 year tenure with the Bexley Schools, Dr. Johnson was an outstanding supporter and partner with the Bexley Education Foundation. Dr. Johnson noted how the BEF’s classroom and Impact Grants have had a transformational effect in the Bexley Schools.
Our thanks go to all the Bexley students and teachers who participated in the Annual Meeting as well as those who attended. We invite you to watch the special video that closed out the evening by going to the BEF’s Facebook page.