Fall Grants Respond to Emerging Needs

With the start of this school year and continuing throughout the fall, BEF has been working with teachers and staff to ensure that their needs are being met whether they are instructing students in a hybrid or virtual learning model. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors to BEF, good things are continuing to happen in the Bexley Schools through our ongoing teacher mini-grants and classroom grant making programs. Fall 2020 grants included:

  • $6,000 for an all-staff book read of So You Want to Talk About Race and virtual visit by author, Ijeoma Oluo. The all-staff book read will be introduced in December and continue through March. Monthly group discussions will be led by the district-wide School Climate Committee. At the conclusion of the book read, staff will be joined via Zoom by the author for an in-depth conversation about the book and applying anti-racist practices in educational settings. 
  • $2,678 for the purchase of STEM materials that can be divided among individual tubs to facilitate safe building and problem solving activities among first grade students at Maryland Elementary.
  • $3,532 for online resources for World Language teachers to provide students with additional opportunities for vocabulary and language acquisition. 
  • $12,500 to promote the physical health and well being of students by supporting the renovation of the high school tennis courts. Over 700 Bexley students from elementary through high school use the tennis courts at the Cassingham Complex annually for physical education classes.  
  • $2,250 to increase the flexibility of the newly renovated high school library as an instructional and meeting space through the addition of a Portable SMART Board. The portable SMART Board  to be used by students for classes and club meetings and by teachers for staff and departmental meetings, professional development, etc.