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Irene Levine has served on the BEF Board since 2003. With her husband, Lee Hess, Irene led the fundraising to establish the Dr. Judah Folkman, Class of 1950, Science Endowment Fund.

Thank you for your service

Irene Levine has served on the BEF Board since 2003. With her husband, Lee Hess, Irene led the fundraising to establish the Dr. Judah Folkman, Class of 1950, Science Endowment Fund.   The BEF staff and board would like to extend thanks to the following members of our Board of Governors, who are retiring from Read More

Entrepreneur Tanisha Robinson speaks with a Bexley student

STEAM talks offer inspiration, insight

Bexley High School students had a chance to imagine themselves in the shoes of an astronomer and a social and business entrepreneur recently during the fourth round of STEAM talks, an initiative of the Bexley Education Foundation, supported by the McCamic Family Foundation. The STEAM acronym rounds out the better-known STEM concept, adding arts to the Read More


A Day and an Evening With James McBride

“Most of what I do fails,” National Book Award-winning author James McBride told 250 Bexley High School students during his Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) visit Tuesday. McBride, who is BCBC’s 2015 Selected Author and in addition to writing novels is a composer, a professional jazz musician, the author of a memoir that has sold more Read More


Stine Endowment supports elementary writing workshop

“This is the climax!” Bexley Children’s Librarian Victoria Windsor holds up a picture book. “If you’re standing in front of the firing squad, this is where they lift the rifles! If you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, this is where you begin to fall!” The students are riveted. But while the book is Read More


BEF Fall Grants Support Arts in the Schools

Arts are in the spotlight for the most recent round of BEF grant funding. 2014 grants supporting the visual and performing arts included: A musical and cultural exploration project in which Bexley Middle School and Montrose Elementary students created, performed and recorded folk songs following East African traditions, using drums and percussion instruments purchased with BEF grant Read More

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WHY WE GIVE: Linda and Mike Carruthers

You might say Mike Carruthers, BHS ’78, knows a thing or two about Bexley. A second-generation BHS grad (his mother Bonnie Sheaf Carruthers graduated in 1948) and a real estate agent in Coldwell Banker King Thompson’s Bexley office for 25 years, Mike has sold some Bexley homes multiple times. He figures he’s been inside just Read More

Mr. Logsdon demonstrates the fluorometer with his AP Bio class

Fluorometer to enhance AP Biology and other BHS science classes

BHS science teacher Scott Logsdon loves to show his AP Biology students how photosynthesis works. With the whole class squeezed into a darkened storage room, he shines a UV light on a green spinach and acetone solution, which suddenly glows bright red. It’s a “wow” moment—but Logsdon has long wished he could complement it with Read More

Dog Walks or Pet Care Visits plus doggy treats from Precious Pets of Bexley

WHY I GIVE: Cassandra Gainer

For longtime BRAVO! auction donor Cassandra Gainer, running a pet-sitting business comes naturally. A dog owner all her life, her household currently includes two chihuahuas, a Jack Russell terrier, two turtles, two cats, a ball python, and a Betta fish. Yet her love for animals was only one factor in the “Aha!” moment ten years Read More

Architect Michael Bongiorno told students: "We can tear it down…or we can be radical opportunists and turn it into something more magical and more sustainable than it ever was.”

STEAM Talks Unite Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Bexley High School students heard presentations during the Dec. 2 extended homeroom period from a local architect who specializes in re-imagining urban spaces and a medical researcher whose work harnesses the power of engineering to bring intentional movement to those who are paralyzed. It was the Fall 2014 installment of the school’s “STEAM Talk” series, a Read More

ODU Professor Ann C. Hall introduces the panelists, from left: Fred Andrle, Sharon Davies, Hasan Jeffries, Lee Martin

BCBC Panel at ODU addresses race, identity and memoir

Race, family, memoir-writing and politics were just a few of the topics on the table Nov. 20 when a panel of scholar-writers gathered at Ohio Dominican University to discuss the best-selling memoir by BCBC’s 2015 Selected Author James McBride, The Color of Water. Panelists Sharon Davies, Hasan Kwame Jeffries and Lee Martin, in addressing questions posed by moderator Fred Read More