The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) recently announced it has awarded $425,285 in grants to various Bexley school district programs.

The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) recently announced it has awarded $425,285 in grants to various Bexley school district programs.

The grants include $376,050 to provide SmartBoards for every classroom in the school district and $50,235 in classroom and district-wide grants, including:

$1,438 to orchestra teachers Sandra Crandall, Nonon Mathews and Jacqueline Battieger to bring a nationally known strings teacher to the district for a week of clinics for grades 4-12.

$8,290 to high school science teachers Jennifer Messerly and Scott Logsdon for a WeatherBug station that records 27 weather parameters including outdoor temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, rainfall and light intensity.

$9,000 to theatrical support technician Ryan Osborn, theatre director Rebecca Rhinehart and high school principal John Kellogg to purchase a video projector for the Schottenstein Theatre.

$17,907 to librarians Mike Nolan and Linda Douglas for seed money to start a collection of electronic reference books.

$13,600 to high school science teachers Jennifer Messerly, Scott Logsdon, Jack Minot and Janet Mulder to purchase 108 Labquest probes and sensors, which will allow students to engage in hands-on science and provide real graphing and analysis of data.

The BEF's mission is to fund, through private contributions, programs and projects for the Bexley school district community.