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 has become a much more welcoming and comfortable space. The Foundation made a $50,000 grant to the Bexley Education Foundation last spring to purchase all new, updated furnishings for the library that support how today’s students learn.
Over the summer, the School District upgraded lighting, painted, cleaned carpeting and installed new vinyl flooring in the library entry way in anticipation of the arrival of the new furnishings and students this fall. Although students did not start this school year in the way we had anticipated, they are now enjoying the newly renovated space. “I really like how there is a lot of variety of table heights and seat designs so everyone can find a place to work where they feel comfortable,” said BHS student, Isabel.
The Eight Keys Foundation had previously funded new chairs and tables for the Cassingham Library and flexible seating options in Bexley Middle School classrooms. “It has been our pleasure to support Bexley students and teachers by upgrading their learning environments in ways that encourage creativity and exploration both individually and collaboratively,” said Rachel Longaberger Stukey Eight Keys Foundation Trustee.
We hope to formally unveil the renovated library space and invite the community to visit the space when it is safe to do so.