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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


Dartmouth Chemistry Professor is Scientist-in-Residence

Dean E. Wilcox, PhD, BHS Class of 1971, spent October 15 at Bexley High School as the Bexley Education Foundation’s 2014-2015 Dr. Judah Folkman Scientist-in-Residence. Dr.  Wilcox had lunch with a small group of BHS students and science faculty, then made a presentation at an all-school assembly, followed by a smaller classroom demonstration. His topic was how curiosity about our natural Read More

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WHY I GIVE: Gillian Thomson and Kent Johnson

Gillian Thomson has been investing her energy in Bexley students since long before her children were old enough to go to school. It was less than a year after she moved here with her husband Kent Johnson when Gillian, a former member of the Canadian World Cup women’s lacrosse team, began coaching the relatively new Read More

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Bexley picks James McBride as Featured Author

James McBride ”” winner of the 2013 National Book Award in fiction for The Good Lord Bird ”” will be the featured author next year for the Bexley Community Book Club. McBride, also a jazz saxophonist, will take part in a literary conversation and perform with his quintet, the Good Lord Bird Band, at 7:30”‰p.m. Read More

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A Renewed Playground At Montrose

A thundering downpour held off just long enough for a joyful dedication ceremony at the renovated Montrose playground. Meagan Matteson, who coordinated the much-needed playground renewal over two years of planning and fundraising, expressed appreciation to the project’s many supporters, including the BEF, the Bexley City Schools, the Bexley Community Foundation, the Adams Legacy Foundation and the many Montrose parents, students, teachers, Read More

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More Changes This Fall Thanks TO BEF Grants

Cassingham students returned to find a serene space near the main entrance dedicated to the memory of a special teacher. The construction of the Molly Davis Memorial Garden at Cassingham was completed over the summer months. The garden, which features brick hardscaping, shrubs, benches and a peace pole, will continue to grow and evolve with new plants and other elements added over time. Read More