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Give the gift of excellence in education

Looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas? Here are a few ways you can make that special someone happy AND support the BEF’s mission to enhance excellence in the Bexley City Schools! Pave the way. Purchase an engraved brick (for $100) or a paver (for $500) in the Bexley High School Alumni Piazza and Walkway Read More

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WHY WE GIVE: Lesli and Mike Mautz

Lesli and Mike Mautz were walking home from a movie at the Drexel on a winter night in 2012 when they made a life-changing decision. Mike, says Lesli, had been telling her for what seemed like forever that someone should open a bed and breakfast in Bexley. On this night, he said it again. “It Read More

The 2017 BRAVO! Committee: Front Row L to R: Marissa Nelson, Leslie McBride, Jessica Saad, Lindsay Goodman
Not pictured: Lisa Thiergartner, Jennifer Avoli, Melissa Bedolla, Tricia Gockstetter. Back Row L to R: Martha McKitrick, Laura Daugherty, Lauren Rubin, Kelsey Harr, Heather Kabler, Abby Braun

BRAVO! looks to the future

Last spring, the BEF’s annual BRAVO! fundraising event celebrated Bexley’s past, marking the school district’s 100th birthday. This time around, says event chair Leslie McBride, BRAVO! will turn its gaze to the future. “We celebrated what happened, and now we’re going to celebrate what’s yet to come,” said McBride, whose children are in first and Read More

Loren Thompson, Superintendent 1979-1985

Remembering Loren Thompson, a visionary leader

Loren J. Thompson, PhD, Superintendent of the Bexley City Schools from 1979 until 1985, passed away on October 15, 2017. Dr. Thompson led the school district through a period of great change. He also promoted the idea of creating a private foundation to benefit the schools, laying the groundwork for what we know now as Read More

Flexible seating for elementary students is just one of the initiatives that your gifts made possible last year.

The benefits of year-end giving

Making a gift by December 31st is a great way to support the charities you care about, and receive a tax-benefit at the same time. When you make a year-end donation to the BEF you help us to support Bexley students, teachers and schools, and you help reduce your taxable income if you itemize deductions. Read More

Joel Goldman and fellow honoree Sue Ramsey show off their Distinguished Alumni awards

Distinguished Alumnus fights the spread of HIV

As the managing director of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), Joel Goldman, BHS ’81, moves easily in the celebrity world of Los Angeles. But it’s his Bexley roots that laid the foundation for his work connecting celebrities to important causes, Goldman said last month as he accepted a Distinguished Bexley Alumni Award. He was Read More

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Dedicated space will help children self-calm

Sometimes, the students Montrose Intervention specialist Katie Roslovic teaches need a break from the classroom—but in the past, there was not a dedicated safe space for students to be left alone. Stations had been created in the hallway with materials, purchased with a 2014 BEF grant, aimed at helping students regulate their behavior and emotions. Read More

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Bexley Alumni Association welcomes Class of 2017

Life-size Jenga, human hamster balls, corn hole, a photo station with props and free lunch from two food trucks were on the agenda when the Bexley High School Alumni Association (which was merged under the umbrella of BEF in 2015) hosted the first-ever Senior Celebration Day for the Class of 2017. The event was held Read More

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Eighth graders engage Kindergartners in service

A grant from BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program (YPP) helped Bexley Middle School students to expand the impact of a day of community service by engaging Kindergartners and partnering with Ronald McDonald House. In 2016, eighth graders in BMS’s “Make a Difference” club spent a school-wide service-learning day teaching French and Spanish to Kindergartners at Cassingham. Read More

An artist's rendering of the planned improvements at Cassingham playground

BEF Announces Spring Grants

New playground equipment, Shakespearean costumes for English classes, and a mobile recording studio are just some of the educational enhancements that will be funded next school year, thanks to $32,806 in classroom grants approved by the BEF Board of Governors earlier this month. BEF grants, awarded in two rounds each year, are made possible through Read More