A grant of $1,970 was awarded to Montrose Art Teacher, Emily Reiser, to complete the framing of seven murals inspired by contemporary artist Chuck Close and created by 5th and 6th grade Montrose students to commemorate important historical and contemporary figures.
A grant of $6,739 was awarded to the Bexley High School Math Department to purchase five additional laptops for Math Teachers to utilize as classroom mobile teaching tools.
A grant of $6,465 was awarded to Bexley High School Art Teachers, Helma Groot and Mabi Ponce de Leon, and Bexley Middle School Art Teacher, Alex Jordan, to fund a 9-week residency by comic book artist and CCAD graduate, Uko Smith.
A grant of $6,809 was awarded to the Bexley Middle School World Language department to purchase additional iPads to support instruction and complete a classroom set for student use.
Grant funding of $6,600 was awarded to Mike Nolan, Librarian at Bexley High School, to support the purchase of studio lighting equipment for Bexleo students. Professional lighting is a good way for students to benefit from Bexleo cameras purchased by BEF grants to take photos with high-quality lighting including senior portraits for students otherwise unable to obtain a portrait package.
Grant funding of $6,000 was awarded to Kimberly Miller, Superintendent of Bexley City Schools, to sent teachers to a professional development opportunity in June.
Grant funding of $3,165 was awarded to Alison Nakasako, BMS World Language Teacher, to offer yoga as an option during a flex period that will be offered as part of the daily schedule at Bexley Middle School starting in fall 2018. This program offers students the opportunity to take yoga once a week for eight weeks to help with stress reduction and relaxation.
This grant of $7,000 will support the installation of new play structures at the “front” playground at Maryland Elementary to support the social, emotional and physical benefits of outdoor play for Maryland students.
A matching funds grant of $1,275 was awarded to Sam McMasters, Director of Special Education on behalf of a project initiated by the Special Education PTO. The PTO raised funds to purchase books to increase the number of books in all school library collections that feature main characters with disabilities, thereby increasing awareness and inclusion of students with special needs.
Grant funding of $4,350 was awarded to Diane Goodney, Music Specialist at Cassingham Elementary to bring the Freedom Sings program of the Newseum to Bexley elementary and middle school students. The program explores the First Amendment through music and culminates in a community concert. The BEF is partnering with the Bexley Music Parents and the School District’s School Climate Committee to bring the musicians and instructors for the two-day program to the Bexley Schools.