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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


BEF’s Rohyans Sustainability Initiative supports waste reduction

When Cassingham fifth grader Jackson Klingelhofer went to discard his trash at lunch today, he found not one but four trash bins, each marked for a different kind of waste. Where to dispose of his leftover baby carrots? Luckily, Anna Old, a member of the eighth grade Service Learning Leadership Committee, was there to help. Read More

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WHY I GIVE: Susan Marantz

Susan Marantz has as much fun in her Maryland elementary classroom as her students. Whether she is sharing the names of children enshrined in her Math Games Hall of Fame, chronicling the journeys of “Yoke” the traveling egg, or describing how two students recently redesigned the classroom space using SMART Notebook technology, you can sense Read More


BEF Grant Supports STEM Classroom

In the new Bexley Middle School STEM classroom, teacher Beth Bennett is excited to see students making connections daily between math and science. With the support of a 2014 BEF grant, 56 eighth grade students””divided into two sections””now have two hours daily to combine math skill-building with scientific experimentation in a renovated classroom that features Read More


BRAVO! 2015 Committee Gears Up

Our volunteer BRAVO! committee, chaired for the second year by ace organizer Julie Cohen, met recently to get the ball rolling for yet another fantastic BEF fundraiser. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for an evening of food, auction and raffle fun on Saturday, March 7, at St. Charles Prep! If you would like to Read More