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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

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


See the menu at

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.

Focus On Technology

As the Red Hook school district explores the opportunities and challenges that come along with increased wi-fi access for the LAMS and high school campuses, RHEF is supporting professional development opportunities for staff and faculty. Over the summer, RHEF funded the cost for Donna Seelbach, District Director of Technology, to attend the Building Learning Communities Conference, which focused on how meaningful teaching and learning are enhanced by technology.

The district recently installed classroom camera and projection equipment paid for with a grant of $6,579 from RHEF, funding the balance of the district’s needs for this equipment. Standardizing technology from classroom to classroom gives teachers consistent access to instructional tools, providing for a more highly visual and interactive teaching environment.

College & Career Outreach  News

Over the summer education foundation volunteers wrote and secured a grant for the school district from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation The  $5,710 award paid for a college tour for low-income students and parents. “With RHEF’s assistance, I was able to take 12 students and 4 parents on a two-day, five-college tour,” says Career & College Outreach Counselor Peg D’Onofrio. “Students, including sophomores and juniors, were amazed at the opportunities that await them at college and many learned of financial aid rewards that they didn’t know existed. .. Inspiring these students was the goal and, by all accounts, a goal that was overwhelmingly attained.”

This fall, RHEF donated $2,500 to the district to support workshops and information sessions organized by D’Onofrio during the 2013-14 school year. 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. “The guidance counselors are also very impressed with the level of service Peg is capable of delivering. I actually get emails form students and parents explaining how helpful she is.”

Red Hook High School student visits SUNY Albany, summer 2013

Food & Wine Tasting Benefit to Create a Teaching Garden at Red Hook High School

Saturday, October 26th, 5:30 PM
At the historic Elmendorph Inn

Please help support the growth of one the Red Hook Education Foundation’s inaugural projects. Harvest Hudson Valley is a collaboration between educators, local parents, the Red Hook Central School District, and The Red Hook Education Foundation to provide an edible education program for all students in the Red Hook Central School District. This benefit will support expanding the successful garden classroom (launched initially at the Mill Road Elementary School) to students at the Red Hook High School and Linden Avenue Middle School.

October 26th Benefit Event Flyer

Ticket Donation Levels  -  Please be as generous as you can!

Minimun Ticket Donation, $35         

I’d Like to Donate A Little More for the Garden, $50    

I’d Like to be an Underwriter (2 tickets included!), $200    

We use secure PayPal checkout for online donations and all major credit cards are accepted.

No physical tickets will be mailed. All tickets donors will be on the guest list at Elemendorph Inn.

RHEF awards $1000 to the High School Robotics Club.

The Red Hook Education Foundation just approved a grant for the continued support of the high school Robotics Club. Pretty cool creations….


In 2012 with funding from the Red Hook Education Foundation and other organizations, the high school Robotics Team  was started and joined the FIRST Tech Challenge Hudson Valley.  The team designed, built, programmed and tested several successful robots, while learning the programming language RobotC and learning basic mechanical engineering techniques for robot design and construction.

With this years support the team will continue to design and build and will have the opportunity to participate in local and regional competitions.

The $1000 mini grant award given by the RHEF will be used to purchase additional robotic supplies and equipment and to help fund registration fees for entering competitions.


The Red Hook Education Foundation

Thank you to everyone who came out for An Evening with Amy Helm.

We had a sellout crowd!

Additional thanks to the underwriters and sponsors of the event.  Their generosity ensured that 100% of the ticket sales will go directly to funding the projects and programs of the Red Hook Education Foundation.


Beth Goldberg and Steve Appenzeller
Michelle Platt and Francesco Buitoni Julia Crowley and Art Carlson
Lisa and Art Chandler Odile and Reverend B.D. Chilton
Trisha and Paul Finch Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Debra Blalock and Russell Frehling Alison and Robert George
Sarah and Chris Gilbert H.H. Hill Realty
Maura Sullivan and John Horiszny Teresa and Steven Hughes
Burton Kassell Evelyn Krueger and Frank Knobloch
Christine and Matt Kurlander Katy Walsh and Wil LaBossier
Law Office of Susan Von Reusner Alison and John Lankenau
Linda and Shelton Lindsay Liz Cullers and Arlene London
Michelle and Jeffrey Martin Sharon and Steve Maurer
Dwayne Resnick and Mark McDonald Nora and Edward Mercier
Migliorelli Farms New Leaf Design
Paula Redmond Real EstateTricia and Foster Reed Susan and John Pelosi
Sarah and Peter Sweeny Tivoli Mercantile
Illiana van MeeterenThe Valley Gardener Illya Szilak and Chris Vroom
Marla and Brian Walker


About Town
Bard College Baright Enterprises, Inc. Foam & Wash
Celso Celeya Landscaping, Inc. Chronogram
J. Ettenson Realty Mansfield, Gautier & Rosenthal, LLP.
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Oblong Books
The Palombo Group Red Hook Chamber of Commerce
Red Hook Observer Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts
Riverstone Wealth Management Ruge’s Subaru
Trustco Bank Watertight Plumbing & Heating


All photos by Andy Wainwright