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Gillian Thomson and Kent Johnson

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

Montrose playground

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

Mollys Garden Kate and Carolyn Baldwin

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


Spring 2014 Grants

Classroom grants approved in April of 2014 by the BEF Board of Governors will help fund new playground equipment at Montrose, a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classroom at the middle school, a chlorophyll fluorometer for the high school, and a songwriter-in-residence program at all three elementary schools, among other programs. BEF’s spring Read More

Mike Featherstone was the 2014 Bexley Educator of the Year

Featherstone is Bexley’s 2014 Educator of the Year

Friday, April 11, was just another ordinary day in Michael Featherstone’s class at Bexley High School — or at least as ordinary as things get in a class where the teacher is known for making history come alive through games, impersonations and lively discussions from his days abroad. But last Friday, as he stepped out Read More


Author Banks Charms Students, Draws a Crowd

The Bexley Community Book Club’s 2014 Selected Author Russell Banks spent an evening and the better part of a school day in Bexley, electrifying students with an account of how his life experiences have fed his fiction, and delivering a thoughtful and provocative lecture in the Schottenstein Theatre on April 29, 2014. Banks, an award-winning Read More

Dr. Jeffrey Ross

Cancer researcher shares insights

Dr. Jeffrey Ross, a leader in the field of molecular diagnostics, recently spoke to BHS students about his work as the Medical Director of Foundation Medicine, Inc., a clinical next-generation sequencing and personalized oncology diagnostics company. Dr. Ross’s visit as the 2014 Scientist-in-Residence was supported by BEF’s Dr. Judah Folkman (Class of 1950) Science Endowment Read More


Visiting scholar speaks of women in the Holocaust

The experience of Jewish women in Nazi concentration camps was the topic when Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, professor emerita at Montgomery College and the author of two books on women in the Holocaust, spent a day at Bexley High School recently. Speaking in history classes and at a lunch for faculty and community members, Dr. Goldenberg Read More