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Dr. Patricia Kollander to speak at Bexley High School, 2018 Holocasut Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Patricia Kollander, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in History at Florida Atlantic University, is Bexley High School’s 2018 Holocaust Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Kollander’s research and teaching interests include modern Germany and Russia, World War II and the history of European women. Dr. Kollander will speak with Bexley High School students during classes on Monday, Read More

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Best selling author and alumnus Dan Pink returns to Bexley

Bexley High School students hear #1 New York Times best-selling author, and 1982 Bexley High School graduate, Dan Pink in an all-school assembly on Friday, March 9. Pink is currently on tour promoting his newest release, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink spent two years researching psychology, biology and economics to reveal how Read More

Maryland Elementary students play on the Front Playground

Playing it forward, Maryland Elementary

After seeing the new playground installed at Cassingham Elementary during Summer 2017, Tricia Gockstetter was inspired. As a mother to a Maryland second grader and Kindergartner, Gockstetter felt it was time for the Maryland front playground to have a facelift. The playground at the front of the school was installed in 1950 and still has Read More

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Get Onboard – BRAVO blasts off in April

There are a lot of great ways to support the Bexley City School District, but BRAVO!, the Bexley Education Foundation’s premier fundraising event, is one of the best. This year, BRAVO! will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Saint Charles Preparatory School from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.—a big change from past years’ when Read More

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Basketball Alumni Honored

The sport of basketball has a long and winning tradition at Bexley. Over the years, the boys’ basketball program has won ten district championships and one state championship while the girls’ program has won six district championships. Starting with Carlton Smith in the 1920’s, the basketball teams have benefited from outstanding coaches including Gene Millard, Read More


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


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, Kelsy 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