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Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our summer fundraising event at the Bard Spiegeltent. The Foundation raised over $40,000 in funds that will go to benefit Red Hook students and everyone had a great time. Thanks to our generous donors, to the Fisher Center, and to our wonderful volunteers for supporting public education in our wonderful community.

Frank Knobloch

Frank Knobloch

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague Frank Knobloch. Frank was dedicated to public education throughout his life, as a teacher, as a long-time Board of Education member here in Red Hook, and as a founding member of the Red Hook Education Foundation. He inspired a group of community volunteers to start the organization in order to champion excellence in education. His idealism, wisdom, experience, and extreme kindness will be profoundly missed. Frank truly made our community a better place.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook on Saturday, July 12, from 1 pm with a time of sharing at 2 pm. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn, 2562 N. Broadway, in the Village of Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the
Red Hook Education Foundation, PO Box 2, Red Hook, NY, 12571, or by donating on this website.

The full obituary is available at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=frank-knobloch&pid=171632014&fhid=5763#sthash.IY4rVsKV.dpuf

Please join us for our 4th annual fundraiser party at the Bard Spiegeltent: dinner, sangria, dessert, dancing, a silent auction, and more, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22nd.

Tickets are:

  • $250 sponsorship (includes 2 tickets plus acknowledgement in the program)
    $100 suggested donation
    $50 minimum donation

To purchase tickets click here, or call 845-758-7900

Career and College News

For the last four years the Foundation has supported Career & College Transition, initially by working with community volunteers to stage career and college fairs, and for the last two years by providing funding for programs lead by Career & College Transition Specialist Peg D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio has been guiding district students working on college selection and application, as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities. “Thanks to the support of the Red Hook Education Foundation we have made great strides in how we deliver college and career counseling,” says Joe DeCaro, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. These programs have been so well attended and the feedback from students and parents so outstanding, that RHEF recently pledged to continue to support Career and College Transition programs at up to $5,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

3D Printing Technology Takes Off in Red Hook

This spring, RHEF funded the purchase of 3D printers for Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School. 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model using a large variety of materials. “The 3D printers have created a surge of excitement with our tech students and is spreading throughout the high school,” says Technology Education Instructor Tim Fitzmaurice. “Students are starting to solve their own design problems by drawing parts for projects using Inventor software. Now they can look at the design as a 3D rendering and can actually create a model they can hold in their hands to analyze. We have been showing it off during our morning television broadcast to the rest of the school and have already seen an increase in enrollment in our design classes for next year.”

3D printing is one of the fastest growing methods of manufacturing in the world today, and Red Hook students now have the opportunity to experience this process firsthand. High School student Jake Hrycun recently designed an air intake connector for his car engine using Inventor software, printed it on the Makerbot 3D printer, and successfully installed it in the engine.

At the high school, every technology-based class now has experience using the printers. At the middle school, five technology education classes will explore 3D printing from the 6th to 8th grades. School faculty fully anticipate that cross-disciplinary collaborations will begin to emerge as a result of this new technology (e.g., with art, geometry, and chemistry.) When the worldwide education experts from the New Media Consortium Horizon Project identified technologies that were expected to have a major impact on STEM+ education in the next several years, 3D printing was consider one of the most important technologies.

3-D Printers are Revolutionizing the Classroom

RHEF is working with the school district to create opportunities to enhance 21st century learning skills for all students. With support from our generous donors, RHEF recently funded the purchase of 3-D printers for Red Hook High School and Linden Avenue Middle School.

Why 3-D printers?

3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model using a large variety of materials. It is one of the fastest growing methods of manufacturing in the world today. Our students will now have the opportunity to experience this process firsthand.

“Students will learn how to be ‘makers,’” according to RHHS Technology teacher Tim Fitzmaurice. “Having a 3D printer in a school is like having an engineering education in a box. Students learn the value of innovation and iteration.” 3D printers make it easy for teachers to seize the interest of their students and enhances hands-on learning by doing. It brings objects out of the computer screen and into the hands of students for inspection and analysis.

At the high school, every technology-based class will have an experience with this new technology. These classes will include (but not be limited to): Principles of Engineering, CAD, Technical Drawing, Production Systems, Transportation Systems, Residential Structures, Architectural Drawing, and Aerospace Design. At the middle school, five technology education classes will explore 3D printing from the 6th to 8th grades. School faculty fully anticipate that cross-disciplinary collaborations will begin to emerge as a result of this new technology (e.g., with art, geometry, and chemistry). There may also be opportunities to support extra-curricular activities like the Robotics Club.

In addition, RHEF is funding the cost for district technology teachers to travel to a one-day 3D printer conference in New York City.

Save the Date: College Planning Workshops

Tuesday, April 1 and Thursday, May 8

6 p.m., Red Hook High School Cafeteria

Ideal for juniors and their parents but open to all. Course selection, college visits, the Common Application, Naviance, resume, volunteerism/ community service.

For more information contact Mrs. Peggy D’Onofrio, College & Career Outreach, Red Hook High School Guidance Office: 758-2241 x 3271, or mdonofrio@rhcsd.org.

RHEF Family Restaurant Night at Cancun’s

Please join us on Tuesday, March 25th from 5 pm til closing for our second Red Hook Education Foundation Restaurant Night, at Cancun’s Family Mexican Restaurant. 

15% of sales will go directly to the Red Hook Education Foundation.

Cancun’s is a family restaurant and cantina. Our recipes are authentic and time-tested. Come on in, relax, and enjoy a little piece of Mexico.

No reservations required just stop in and dine.

7483 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY

Located on Route 9 in the center of the village

 845.835.8207

See the menu at http://cancunsrestaurant.com/

RHEF in the news

Read about RHEF in the recent article in The Observer:

“Foundation helps Red Hook’s students to learn and grow”

“Group’s involvement in a long list of projects makes a difference in the education environment”

“From career and college advisement to new uses for technology, while helping children in need, the Red Hook Education Foundation (RHEF) is always there for Red Hook’s students…”

Click here to go to The Observer

Student in Need Fund

Thank you supporting the Red Hook Education Foundation’s Student in Need Initiative!  Donations to this fund over the last year have helped kids from financially challenged households to participate in school field trips, pay for school supplies, go to summer school, and purchase needed clothing items. The fund is dispensed at the discretion of the school principals and all awards remain confidential.

Looking for a great holiday gift for a special teacher?  The Red Hook Education Foundation is offering you the opportunity to honor a Red Hook teacher or other staff member by making a donation in their name to the Student in Need Initiative. The Spirit of Education certificate recognizes teachers and staff members for their dedication and contributions to education. Donations will include a “Spirit of Education” certificate with your name and the name of the teacher you are honoring. What better way to show a teacher how much you value the ways they support your own child or teen?

To donate now on the website click here! Your donation of $10 or more will include a personalized certificate e-mailed directly to you in time for holiday giving. Make your donation now and help all our kids be successful in school! Please specify “Student in Need Initiative” in the “purpose” box, and include your name and the teacher/staff member you would like to honor in the Paypal “add special instructions to seller” box.