The BEF Board of Governors recently approved a total of $41,640 in combined grant and endowment funding to support literacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the arts in Bexley Schools. These projects include:
A district-wide book study and virtual visit with children’s book author, Minh Le, who was named the winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature for his book Drawn Together. The author and his books will be introduced to all elementary students starting in Fall 2021 with the author virtual visits held in February 2022. The grant and funding from the R.L. Stine Creative Writing Endowment will fund three presentations for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 at each elementary school.
The Bexley School District’s diversifying education efforts. BEF funds from The Thomas A. Boster, PhD Endowment for Bexley Operation Respect, will help support a “Listening Tour,” as part of a community approach to attracting and retaining staff of color and the establishment of an Educators Rising Chapter in order to build a pipeline into the field of education for Bexley Middle School and High School students.
Boosting multicultural literature by increasing the number of books by authors of color and books that feature main characters of color in all Bexley elementary school 4th and 5th grade classroom libraries. The Bexley Minority Parent Alliance has identified this as a key way to increase cultural pride, classroom engagement and increase feelings of self-esteem, belongingness and acceptance among students of color.
In partnership with the Bexley City School District, the purchase of a new lighting board for the Bexley Theatre Arts Department that will support performances and programs of all kinds in both the Schottenstein and Cassingham Theatres.
High quality recording equipment for the music program in order to record band concerts as well as other musical performances. The purchase of this equipment is made possible because of major support from the Bob Darwin Memorial Endowment for the Arts.