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The 2020 BRAVO! Committee chaired by Sommer Sheely

Save the Date for BRAVO!

Come celebrate 20 years of BRAVO in 2020! The event will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at St. Charles Preparatory School. Sponsorships start at $300 and tickets are $60 each in advance or $75 at the door. Mobile auction bidding will open one week before the event.  The BRAVO! Planning Committee chaired by Read More

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Help Write the BEF Story

The BEF’s story of impact in the Bexley Schools just keeps getting better because of the generosity of current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, teachers and staff and community members. Last year, thanks to contributions made to the Annual Fund for Excellence, and proceeds from BRAVO!, we were able to: Award a $126,000 district-wide Impact Read More

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

Grant Feature: The Art of Jerry Pinkney

Thanks to funding from a BEF spring 2019 grant, multiple award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Jerry Pinkney visited with first and second grade students at Maryland, Cassingham and Montrose Elementary Schools on October 28. Mr. Pinkey’s school visit was arranged by Leisan Smith, Director of Student and Community Engagement for the School District and held Read More


Endowment Program Spotlights Orthopedics

From the looks on the faces of some Bexley High School students, watching a live total knee replacement surgery might have been a little more real than they expected. Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joel Politi arranged for his knee replacement surgery to be live-streamed from Mount Carmel East Hospital via COSI Connect on Friday, October 25. Read More


Donor Feature: Kit Yoon and James MacDonald

Q) Describe your connections to the Bexley City Schools: A) We moved here from California in 2010 not knowing much about the Columbus area. Our realtor took us on a tour of several suburbs, none of which fit. We described what we were looking for — a town with good schools; an established community: a Read More

Make Your Investment

All families of Bexley students have something in common they want the best for their children. From Kindergarten through graduation the Bexley Schools are committed to engaging, equipping and empowering each student for success. The BEF’s Annual Fund for Excellence gives families the chance to elevate the educational experience in the schools. BEF grants that Read More


Donor Profile: BMS Math Teacher, Billy Gardner

Billy Gardner loves teaching middle school students and he especially loves that he gets to teach them in Bexley.  According to Bexley Middle School Principal, Jason Caudill, “he brings an enthusiasm to life and learning that is infectious. He works hard to support students through difficult times and challenges them when they need it.” For Read More

Kate Fagan will visit Bexley City Schools in October

BEF Supports Bexley Be Well

In response to mental health being identified as a top priority in the School District’s Bexley Blueprint, BEF is pleased to provide grant funding support, in partnership with the Bexley Community Foundation, for Bexley Be Well: A Community Conversation about Wellness. The Bexley Be Well initiative is based upon the recognition that addressing the mental Read More

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BEF Annual Fund: The Power of Potential: P2

You can see it every day in the Bexley Schools ”“ the potential of all students as they engage with teachers and classmates in their learning environments. Supporting Bexley students and their potential is at the heart of the BEF’s mission. One of the best ways to invest in the potential of Bexley students is Read More

Rising freshmen receive their summer books

Gift Book Program

Thanks to funding from the BEF’s Brandt Family “Read for Life” Endowment Fund and DARN approximately 175 books were distributed to eight graders on the last day of school. The gift book program provides a free book for every “rising freshman” to read over the summer months. Students select their books from a list compiled Read More