Grant will support the purchase of stability balls, Hokki stools, cushioned discs and bouncy bands for each K-5 classroom to allow students to find a comfortable posture and an opportunity to wobble, bounce or shift position while learning, increasing focus and learning while minimizing classroom disruption. After evaluating this initiative, BEF will make funding available to the other elementary schools on a similar scale.
Grant will support the introduction of robotics, design and coding skills to 200 fifth grade students at Maryland Elementary, culminating in a school competition May 12.
Grant will support implementation of a district-wide survey in coordination with the School Climate Committee. The purpose will be to obtain new data on “thrive indicators” as well as risk behaviors of Bexley students in three grade groups, following up on similar surveys done in 2005, 2009 and 2013. The data will be used to develop a district-wide strategic plan to address social and emotional needs of students at each grade level surveyed.
Grant will support a student self-portrait project. 200 Bexley High School art students will photograph themselves, resize and transfer the photos onto plates and then manipulate the images with carving and color. Visiting artist Barb Vogel will work with students over a two-week period in April to create the artwork, which will be displayed in the Cassingham Complex.
Camera equipment with noise-canceling features, state-of-the-art lens and battery grip to support the production of the Bexleo yearbook.
A grant of $1,000 was awarded to Sandra Crandall, Orchestra Director to support an orchestra clinic day for 66 students at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) located at the University of Cincinnati.
A grant of $27,000 was awarded to Laura Lipsett, Executive Director of School Programs to support a two-day professional development for all K-12 educational staff on how to use data and resources to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of students. The staff development will be held on November 7-8, 2016.
A grant of $10,000 was awarded to Amy Blosser, Director of Choirs, to help support the purchase of moveable acoustical shell panels for the Bexley High School Schottenstein Theater in order to enhance both choral and orchestral performances.
A grant of $5,642 will be used to provide for five new computer workstations in the Bexley High School Library in order to support the production of the Bexleo yearbook and the students who work to produce the Bexleo as part of their high school educational experience.
A grant of $5,680 made to school librarians will provide for two Online Public Access Catalog stations (OPAC’s) in the form of touch screen tablets at each school library (a total of 10 OPAC stations). Tablets, located on stands near library circulation desks, with catalog software will allow students to easily search for books and academic resources.