A century of fostering learning is something to celebrate, and it will be celebrated Sept. 17.

The Bexley City School District will mark 100 years of history with a community gathering set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carlton Smith Memorial Stadium at Bexley High School, 326 S. Cassingham Road. The Bexley High School Alumni Association is organizing the event.

"It will be a big celebration," said Marlee Snowdon, a Bexley school board member who is serving as co-chairwoman of the event with Sarah Saxbe, Bexley Education Foundation Board of Governors member. "It's free. It's open to the entire community."

Activities will include games, face painting, cornhole and a dunk tank. There will be historical exhibits spanning the past century, including yearbooks from various decades and keepsakes available for purchase.

"The Bexley Education Foundation will sell buttons showing what generation you are," Snowdon said. "We have multigenerational families."

The celebration will not only pay homage to the district's past, but also its present.

"We're going to officially welcome our new superintendent (Kimberly Miller)," Snowdon said.

One of the focal points of the event will be the presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards.

"Some (recipients) will be there to receive their award," Snowdon said.

Recipients include:

* Joel Goldman, class of 1981, who is an HIV/AIDS advocate, nonprofit leader and fundraiser and the first managing director of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Goldman has led outreach projects, fundraising campaigns and produced entertainment industry events that have raised millions of dollars for pediatric AIDS and other causes.

* Dr. Jeffrey Janis, class of 1989, who is executive vice president and chief and a professor in the department of plastic surgery at the Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center and an adjunct professor in the departments of neurosurgery, neurology and general surgery.

* Richard Nafzger, class of 1959, who was the lead man directing the ground-processing television team for NASA during the pioneering era of space flight. It was through his work that the United States and the world first witnessed close-up views of the moon. Nafzger led television teams for the Apollo 7-17 space missions and provided similar leadership for the Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and the space shuttle program.

* Dan Pink, class of 1982, who is recognized as one of the leading business thinkers. He is the author of five books, including New York Times bestsellers "A Whole New Mind," "Drive" and "To Sell is Human." His books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Pink's TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time.

* Sue Ramsey, class of 1974, who was the first woman to receive a basketball scholarship from Indiana University. In 2015, she retired from a 35-year coaching career, including 20 years as head coach of women's basketball at Ashland University.

* Lisa Switkin, class of 1992, who was a principal at landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations, the lead firm in the design of the High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a former New York Central Railroad spur.

With cooperation from the weather, the celebration will culminate in a group photo, with a Bexley parent using a drone camera to take an overhead shot of attendees assembled on the football field.

"We're going to do a picture of everyone in the shape of 100," Snowdon said.

In the event of rain, activities will be moved into the BHS gym.

For more information, visit BexleySchools.org/100years.

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