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Library is a Boo-tiful Space

The library at Bexley High School is one of the busiest and most important places for high school students and staff. It serves as a hub for students to read, study, access resources to complete assignments, and for groups and classes to gather. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Eight Keys Foundation, the library Read More

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Welcome Back

The start of this school year in Bexley (and across the country and the world) has been like no other. Adjusting to this “new normal” has required new ways of thinking and doing. As students have returned to school buildings in a hybrid learning model, we are starting to see little glimpses of normality, giving Read More


One for All Campaign/Powering up Education

It has been almost 20 years since the Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) conducted a major capital campaign. The BEF’s 2001 Campaign for the Performing Arts raised $2.1 million in 2001 to support the renovation of the Bexley High School Theatre (now known as the Schottenstein Theatre), the Cassingham Theater and the performance space at Maryland Read More

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Annual Fund for Excellence

The Annual Fund for Excellence provides the means for BEF to make grants large and small for  teacher-initiated projects that support all areas of the curriculum as well as the arts. BEF grants do more than enrich the educational experience in the Bexley Schools, they fill gaps and provide opportunities that impact the lives of Read More

Alumna Gives Back

Ann Morgan used the 1946 Bexleo theme “that during each hour of our high school years we grow in wisdom and stature, in democracy, in teamwork, in achievement and in appreciation” as inspiration for her design of the yearbook cover. The Bexleo art editor’s passion for art continued throughout her life; she was a long-term Read More

Leisan Smith, Director of Student & Community Engagement, and author and artist Jerry Pinkney

BEF Programs Shine in 2020

BEF grant and endowment funded programs impacted hundreds of Bexley students this past year. The year began with the community-wide conversation about mental health, Bexley Be Well. BEF grant funding supported school-based initiatives that included the screening of the film Angst and the presentation by Kate Fagan, the ESPN columnist who wrote the book What Read More


BEF Impact Grant to Launch 1:1 Student Device Program

The future is now for students and teachers in the Bexley City Schools. Thanks to a $250,000 Impact Grant from the Bexley Education Foundation, the Bexley City School District will be able to enter into a purchase plan so that all Bexley students in grades 2-12 will start the 2020-2021 school year with a Chromebook Read More

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Go Big for Bexley Students

Please consider donating to the Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) through The Columbus Foundation’s Big Give on June 10 -11. BEF has a singular mission focused on supporting the students and teachers in the Bexley City Schools. They inspire daily with their BIG energy, creativity and caring.  With teachers as our partners, we are able to Read More

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Welcome New Board Members

At its May 20 Board of Governors Meeting, the Bexley Education Foundation elected six new Regular Board Members to a three-year term and approved its Slate of Officers for 2020-2021. We are pleased to welcome: Adam E. Eisenberg, ‘91 Brent T. Foley, AIA, NCARB Andrew S. Grossman, ’89 Alex Marsh, ‘10 Angela Mugler ‘96 Kumi Read More

Jason Reynolds, 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, January 16, 2020. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.

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Spring 2020 Grants

Almost $22,000 in BEF classroom grants have been approved by the BEF’s Executive Committee, with the full BEF Board of Governors’ approval set for May 20. BEF Spring 2020 grant awards include:   $640 for the purchase of a Quiz Master-II Buzzer System to support the Bexley High School Latin Program and the development of a Read More