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Helping Red Hook Students and Families

The Student in Need Initiative

Thanks and giving…these two words sum up what we feel and believe about you, our generous community, for giving the gift of a Thanksgiving meal to 36 local families.

With your help, the Red Hook Education Foundation’s Student in Need Fund  purchased Hannaford gift cards for 36 families in the Red Hook School District to supplement food backpacks that do not go home with students during holiday periods. Everyone deserves this simple act of sharing the bounty of our community and we are deeply grateful to each of you for helping to make this Thanksgiving a tribute to thanks and giving.

The Student in Need Fund supports programs throughout the year that align with RHEF’s mission of equity for all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your donation has provided, among other items, clothing, eye glasses, field trip funds, exam fees, and school supplies for Red Hook students. These are just a few of the many ways your contribution makes a difference for Red Hook kids.

As the holiday season approaches, please join RHEF as we work together to meet the needs of students and families at home and in school by making a gift to the Student in Need Fund.

Thanks for All Your Support!

Thanks to the generous support and participation of our community, the RHEF 2016 Spiegeltent fundraiser was the most successful to date, raising over $40,000. RHEF is a volunteer organization and  many community members pitched in to help, supporting the mission of strengthening public education for Red Hook students.

Stay tuned for news of our upcoming activities.

Special thanks to the sponsors and supporters of the 2016 Spiegeltent event:

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

The Corner Restaurant/Hotel Tivoli

Nick and Lara Cournoyer

Hurley Avenue Family Practice

Jamie Kibel and Michael Decola

Omega Institute

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts

Robert George Design Group

Franz Safford, Innovation Glass

Illiana Van Meeteren

Betsy Knobloch Robertson

Steven Appenzeller & Beth Goldberg

Chartwells of Bard College

Fitness Fusion Hudson Valley

Handcrafted Builders

Dr. Michael & Kate Kortbus

The Palombo Group

Phantom Gardener

Resolutionary Marketing Communications

Ruge’s Automotive

Third Eye Associates

WDST

Kevin Zulch

 

Jonathan & Jessica Becker

Suzanne & Dean Button

Trisha & Paul Finch

Nicole Gill & John Deckoff

Girvin & Ferlazzo

Carol & Chris Gorczynski Household

Bonnie Goad & Daniel Donohue

Jeffrey & Joanne Honeywell

Amy Husten

Mr. & Mrs. Duane Hutton

Kate Karakassis

Evelyn Krueger

Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

NYCOMCO

Patricia Paffendorf

Foster & Tricia Reed Household

John & Judy Schmitz

Tetra Tech

Ben Tiedtke

 

Join Us!

Please join us for RHEF’s sixth annual benefit gala, Dreaming Under the Stars: a magical evening with delicious dinner and drinks, amazing auction items, and after hours dancing at the marvelous Bard Spiegeltent.

In addition to other entertainments there will be a beer tasting featuring a Migliorelli pale ale brewed on Migliorelli Farm by From the Ground Brewery, (made with locally-grown grain and hops), and a wine tasting by Tousey Winery, featuring a sampling of local wines.

Enjoy a great night out with friends and neighbors and help to support Red Hook students!

Friday, June 17th, 6 -11 p.m.


Tickets:
$75:  Dinner and after hours dancing
   $15:  After hours dancing starting at 9 p.m.
   $250: Inclusion in the event program as a
             sponsor & 2 tickets including after hours

To purchase tickets click here.
Or call the Fisher Center Box office at 845-758-7900

Join Us at the Spiegeltent

Please join us for RHEF’s sixth annual benefit gala, Dreaming Under the Stars: a magical evening with delicious dinner and drinks, amazing auction items, and after hours dancing at the marvelous Bard Spiegeltent.

Enjoy a great night out with friends and neighbors and help to support Red Hook students!

Friday, June 17th, 6 -11 p.m.


Tickets:
$75:  Dinner and after hours dancing
   $15:  After hours dancing starting at 9 p.m.
   $250: Inclusion in the event program as a
             sponsor & 2 tickets including after hours

To purchase tickets click here.
Or call the Fisher Center Box office at 845-758-7900

RHEF Continues to Fund School’s & Community’s 3D Explorations

RHEF has given a $1,000 mini-grant to “Red Hook Makes in 3D,” a collaborative effort between Red Hook High School, Red Hook Public Library and Bard College to bring an awareness of and competency to students and community members eager to learn to use 3D technology.

Initially, students from second to twelfth grade two to 12 will be provided with hands-on experience in building, designing tinkering and just plain playing with the new technology. Funding will also be used toward the purchase of a high-tech 3D printer for use by high school students.

After students complete a 3D printer certification program, offered during lunch periods and after school, they will be able to use the printer in the high school library. The printer will also be available for teachers.

RHEF Provides Funds for New Musical Instruments

The foundation has approved a mini-grant of $1,100 for the purchase of new musical instruments for elementary school students whose families cannot afford rental costs.

The educational advantages of learning to play a musical instrument at an early age — developing creativity and an appreciation of the arts — are well-known. Because these purchases will be high-quality instruments, their value to the district will continue through the years, ultimately saving money when compared to damaged or inferior quality instruments.

RHEF Funds New After-School Knitting Program

Knitting has been called “the new yoga,” though it’s an ancient skill that’s now available through a new after-school program funded by the RHEF. “LAMS Knit” is aimed at providing middle and high school students with a relaxing way to develop focus and maintain clarity. Knitting also can allow students a creative outlet that can culminate in an appreciation for design and color, not to mention the chance to create wearable items that a student can be proud of.

Mentoring Clubs Awarded RHEF Mini-Grants

The RHEF has awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to the Linden Avenue Middle School’s Mentoring Club and a $700 mini-grant to the high school’s Mentoring Club. The aims of both groups are identical: to help develop a genuine, caring connection between at-risk students and a group of adult volunteers — teachers, staff and administrators — from the district. And in that way, to show students they are accepted and valued.

Though both groups are identified as “clubs,” a more accurate description would be “programs.” Though, like clubs, they are voluntary, they are not driven by a student’s interests so much as by his or her needs. Students are selected based on the risk factors in their lives and involved in creative activities that allow them to bond with the adult volunteers through activities such as community breakfasts and creating holiday crafts.

Getting a “Lego” up on Mathematics

To many of us, math is an abstract and mysterious discipline. The decision to fund a $741 mini-grant request that will allow elementary school students to have an actual hands-on, engaging math experience was as simple as pi. This grant will allow students from third through fifth grades to explore the world of math through the use of Legos.

Legos will help teachers introduce students to such concepts as problem solving, multiplication, geometry, fractions and area and perimeter by building (sic) their spatial and proportional awareness. Those familiar Lego bricks will help students understand the why and the how of mathematics by making basic concepts tangible. The grant will enable math teachers to construct a “Lego Wall” where elementary school students will see how learning — and understanding — math can be fun.

RHEF Awards $1,000 for Leadership Conference

The Red Hook Education Fund has awarded the middle school a $1,000 mini-grant to help register students for the upcoming State Leadership Conference for students from seventh through twelfth grades. The grant will be used to reduce the costs of meals, lodging and transportation. Students attending the conference, which usually draws as many as 750 students, will be able to meet and interact with their peers. In addition to networking, they’ll attend leadership workshops and presentations from internationally known speakers.