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Announcing The Professor Jacob Grossberg Studio Art Award

Beloved Bard Professor Jacob Grossberg, who worked at the college from 1969 through 1998, recently passed away and his wife, Di Baldwin has decided to honor his memory with two awards – one for a graduating Bard student and another for a deserving Red Hook High School senior who will be entering an institution of higher learning to study studio arts. “Jake” adored working with high school students and up until the time of his death was actively mentoring and helping them develop portfolios for college applications. In his memory, Di Baldwin, decided to donate $5,000 to the Red Hook Education Foundation to create The Professor Jacob Grossberg Studio Art Award. Every year for at least the next 10 years, the faculty of the Red Hook High School art department will nominate one student to receive a $500 award.

It is the hope of Di Baldwin that other people who knew Jake will also contribute to this fund so that the award can continue to be awarded beyond the initial ten year period. If anyone would like to help support the The Professor Jacob Grossberg Studio Art Award, please contact RHEF board member Amy Husten at

Red Hook Model UN Wins Team Award

IMG_1407This spring RHEF helped to fund the Red Hook Model United Nations Team’s trip to a competitive national conference at Cornell University. Red Hook won the Outstanding Small Delegation award, with over 50 teams attending from top programs from around the country!

Linden Avenue Middle School Guitar Club Gets New Instruments

RHEF recently funded the purchase of new guitars for the popular middle school guitar club. Over the last 10 years the club has grown to have up to 20 regular participating members, but many do not have guitars of their own to practice on. The new guitars will be used from year to year by kids that are interested in playing but are not in a position to purchase one of their own.

Club advisor Rob Kaplan says that “in this era of over-testing the creativity of music and hobby of playing guitar can help inspire the excellence of our students!”

First Tech Challenge Robotics Club and Team

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RHEF recently funded the Red Hook Robotics Team with a $1,000 grant to invest in an Android-based technology platform. The new technology is expected to provide more real world skills and experience than the current Lego-based platform.

The Roboraiders compete annually in competitions and help promote Science Technology Engineering and Math education in our community. The Club has benefited from support from a variety of groups in the the Red Hook community. To find out more about the Robotics Club and Team click here.

Thank You!

Thanks to all who supported our Student in Need Fund initiative in which individual teachers and staff members are honored. Here is just some of the feedback from Red Hook faculty and staff:

“What an honor! This is welcome news indeed. Just a few weeks ago I brought to the attention of our team a child in need of eyeglasses.” (middle school teacher)

“Wow. That is awesome. What a wonderful way to start the holiday season.” (high school teacher)

“Thank you for letting us know! This is a great gift.” (middle school teaching team)

“How wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I do have a student in mind that could use some clothing this winter. I will reach out to Mr. Boyd.” (Mill Road teacher)

“Thank you so much!!! This certainly brightened my day ;-) I already know which student in need I would like to help out!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!” (middle school guidance counselor)

RHEF Invites You to a Winter Night Out

Please join us on Thursday, January 29th from 5–9 pm for a “RHEF Celebrates the Arts” evening at Bread & Bottle Bakery & Restaurant in the Village of Red Hook. Stop in after work to raise a glass to the arts, or stay for the evening to hang out with friends and celebrate arts education in our community.

The evening will include an arts-themed raffle! Tickets will be available that evening.

At least 10% of sales will go directly to the Red Hook Education Foundation. Tell all your friends!
7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook

The event is sponsored by The Arts Oasis, a new multi-arts center in Red Hook village offering literary, performance, and fine arts classes for students of all ages and stages of life.
35 West Market Street, Red Hook

Computer Programming Comes to Red Hook

74 students from elementary through the high school are learning the basics of computer programming using a web based program called Crunchzilla. The program is intended to be a fun and exciting introduction to programming concepts and building computer games. With funding from RHEF and the guidance of six Red Hook teachers, this after-school initiative seeks to spark students’ interest in computer programming with the goal of building regular after school clubs and ultimately introduce computer programming in to the district’s course offerings.

Building Relationships through Mentoring

The RHHS Mentoring club holds monthly activities that develop a sense of community and acceptance amongst students, faculty, and staff and allow for bonding experiences between adult members of the school community and up to 50 students identified as at-risk. Monthly events are funded by RHEF and create unique opportunities for students with limited access to resources and support to gather, socialize, be creative, and feel accepted and valued. The events offer adult participants the chance to interact with their mentees in a positive and nurturing environment and include activities ranging from creating holiday crafts, to hosting a community breakfast.

Career and College

Thanks to the support of our generous community RHEF continues to help fund the work of Career and College Transition Specialist Peg D’Onofrio. In addition to two information-packed seminars on college admissions and financial aid, Ms. D’Onofrio was able to organize field trips to college fairs this fall. “The buses were sold out so to speak,” says D’Onofrio. “I really believe there were kids (and parents) on those buses that would not typically have engaged in that kind of event. I do think that my position has reached some of those kids who were not considering college and now feel it is an option. It has allowed for more brainstorming and dialogue and parents are more involved in the process because they are able to meet together with me and their son or daughter. I see more students engaged.”