The Bexley Education Foundation Board of Governors recently approved $21,151 in grants for the Bexley City Schools.

The Bexley Education Foundation Board of Governors recently approved $21,151 in grants for the Bexley City Schools.

The foundation's grants, which are made twice each year, are made possible through the generosity of donors to the foundation's annual Fund for Excellence campaign, the BRAVO! event and other initiatives.

Recent recipients include:

* International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program -- grant of $8,151 will support the professional development needs of nine teachers as the school district expands the International Baccalaureate program, already central to the curriculum at Bexley Middle School and Cassingham Elementary School, into grades nine and 10 at Bexley High School. The program requires educators to have a deep understanding of the concepts of self-directed learning, problem identification and solving and attention to global issues.

* Bexley Summer Institute -- grant of $10,000 will support a four-day summer staff development session June 8-11, focused on language arts and math instruction. The institute, open to all Bexley elementary teachers, will help educators learn to use data from student assessments taken during the past school year to inform instruction in all content areas.

* Bexley Family Fit and Fun Expo -- grant of $3,000 will support Bexley's second Family Fit and Fun Expo, organized by the Bexley Health and Wellness Committee, to be held Sept. 20, in the Cassingham Complex. The goal of the fair is to encourage healthy eating habits and promote a lifetime of active learning among Bexley students and families. This year's expo will include connections to the curriculum as well as to social and emotional health.

The foundation supports educational initiatives that enhance excellence in education for students in the Bexley City School District.