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BEF Hosts Annual Meeting

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 Read More


Setting a new vision

At the BEF Board Retreat held in February, board members were challenged to build upon the successes of the past 35 years to create a strategic focus for the future. With a renewed sense of purpose and engagement, Board Members began to dig deep into what makes the BEF’s work important and impactful for Bexley Read More


Students as grant makers

Fueled by pizza and the knowledge gained from four months of “learning lunches” Bexley High School students in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program (YPP) got down to the business of grant making after-school on February 13. Fifteen juniors and seniors heard from five high school teachers and several students who presented their projects for grant Read More

Lauren Hanna reads to her son Alexander, a Cassingham first grader. A BEF grant will help support the purchase of books featuring characters with disabilities for school libraries.

Your Gifts at Work: BEF Awards Fall Grants

Grants awarded this fall by the Bexley Education Foundation will enhance learning environments throughout the district, provide additional technology for students, expand library collections, and support enrichment programs such as documentary filmmaking and an exploration of the First Amendment through music. A total of $50,937 was awarded in the first of BEF’s two funding cycles Read More

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Computers for composers

It’s fifth period, and Mr. Manchester’s seventh grade performing arts students are composing music. Working alone and in pairs, they are creating melodies, writing lyrics, inventing sound effects and making rhythm tracks. Yet there’s no cacophony–just the gentle buzz of conversation and the sound of a boy quietly rehearsing some rhymes. The students are using Read More

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The “Puffin Man” comes to Bexley

Dr. Stephen Kress had his first success as a naturalist when his fourth grade teacher at Montrose Elementary challenged him to identify a flicker. The 1963 BHS graduate went on to become a renowned conservation biologist, known to birders worldwide as “The Puffin Man.” His four-decade-long project to restore a vibrant population of the colorful Read More

Front: David Schottner, Kimberly Miller, Larry Helman. Back: Dr. Sivaraman Sivaswami, Kyle Smith. Missing from photo: Dr. Harlan Meyer

BEF Board welcomes new members

The BEF Board of Governors has welcomed four new members: Mr. Larry Helman, Dr. Harlan Meyer, Dr. Sivaraman Sivaswami and Mr. David Schottner. The 25-member board, which oversees the Foundation’s operations, includes representatives from the Bexley Board of Education, Bexley City Council, Bexley Schools Faculty, Capital University, PTO Council and Bexley High School Student Council. Read More


Follow your heart and eat your vegetables, alum tells grads

Bexley alum Mike Altman ’95 had some pointed advice for the BHS class of 2017 when he appeared as the featured speaker at commencement on May 28. Follow your heart, he told them. Learn new skills. Be good to yourself. Eat your vegetables. In a wise and humorous commencement speech, Altman shared lessons from his Read More


Art and the Selfie: Artist in Residence Barb Vogel

“We’ve taken more pictures in the past two years than we have in the history of photography,” says Columbus artist Barb Vogel, who uses photographic images in her work, along with paint, encaustic, wood carving and more. Not only the numbers of photos but the speed at which we shoot and forget them is notable, Read More

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Theatre Arts Director Rebecca Rhinehart is Educator of the Year

The curtain calls following the Friday night performance of the high school play “Peter and the Starcatcher” included a moment that caught Bexley’s Theatre Arts director Rebecca Rhinehart  by surprise: a visit to the stage by a delegation from BEF, there to announce that she had been selected to receive the 2017 Bexley Educator of Read More