lorelei, Author at Red Hook Education Foundation

Dinner & a Movie on November 10th!

We hope you and your family will join us for RHEF’s first annual Dinner & a Movie Night on Thursday, November 10th (there’s no school on Friday for Veteran’s Day). Read on for the details…


Dine at any one of these participating Red Hook restaurants before the screening on November 10th, and 10% of your check will be donated to support RHCSD students. Dinner is not required to attend the movie, but highly encouraged. Pick a favorite or try something new! Remember to present your restaurant receipt at the movie.
Brigitte Bistro
Broadway Pizza
Bubby’s Takeaway Kitchen
Cancuns (Red Hook)
Charlie O’s
Cider Bros Roadhouse
CJ’s Pizza & Pasta
Flatiron Steakhouse
Giobatta Alimentari
Hana Sushi
Jaeger Haus German Restaurant
Lucoli Pizza
Osaka Tivoli Japanese Restaurant
Red Hook Diner & Restaurant
Rojo Tapas & Wine
Sabroso Mexican Restaurant
Salvatore’s Wood Fired Pizza (Red Hook)
Santa Fe
Savona’s Trattoria
Taste Budds Cafe
Village Pizza III
Yum Yum Noodle (Red Hook)


Join us at the Red Hook Performing Arts Center auditorium at the high school for a 7:30PM screening of the 1977 classic “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (PG, 1h 45m). Suggested movie admission is $5 per person. If you’ve dined beforehand, remember to hand in your receipt at the theater door!

Have a great family night out, support local restaurants, and give Red Hook students more opportunities and resources! See you on the 10th for Dinner & a Movie — may the food and the force be with you!

Can’t make it on the 10th? You can still donate here!

Thanks for Making Our 10th Annual Fundraising Gala a BIG Success!

Thank you for making the 10th Annual Red Hook Education Foundation Fundraising Gala a big success! On the evening of Friday, June 17th, from 6:30 to 10:30PM, in Bard’s Spiegeltent, cowboy hats were donned, boots were stomped, and good eats were had by all. Thanks to From the Ground Brewery for the beer tasting, to Bruce Molsky and Paula Bradley for bringing Appalachia to the dance floor, and to all our generous sponsors (listed below) for their contributions. We look forward to seeing you all at our next RHEF event — stay tuned! 

Sponsors of the 10th Annual RHEF Gala

Platinum Sponsors

Prestige Toyota

Gold Sponsors

Maura Sullivan & John Horiszny
 The Rhinebeck Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors

Silver Sponsors

Nuvance Health
Innovation Glass 

Bronze Sponsors

Illiana Van Meeteren
Orthopedic Associates
Alison Lankenau
Zulch Tax
Omega Institute
Palumbo Group
Third Eye Assoc.
Laurie and Roger Husted
Steve Appenzeller and Beth Goldberg 
Marshall and Sterling Insurance
Colleen & Mike Bloxham
Brooke Stevens 

( Become a sponsor! )

See RHHS’s 3D-Scanner in Action!

Here’s the Red Hook High School’s new 3D Scanner & Printer — that YOU helped fund — in action! 

Art teacher Mr. Joseph Monson and senior student Kat Seymour visited the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College recently to practice with the 3D scanner and computer setup.  Kat will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) next year to study engineering and will be working with technology like this in their first year.  They were permitted to work on scanning the Atlas Herm, an Italian sculpture of white marble on a Verona marble scroll base from the late 1600s. “It was an invaluable experience,” said Mr. Monson.  Not only were Kat and he able to learn how to work around a more detailed figure, they were also able to test the limits of the computer’s processing power because the sculpture is over 6 feet tall! After scanning, it took about 40 minutes just to save the model file (which will help them plan for future uses).  The next step will be preparing the model for 3D printing and then setting up future dates to work with other students next year. 

Thanks to all who supported our Red Hook Education Foundation’s campaign to help get RHHS a 3D Scanner! Your continued donations to RHEF fund important educational opportunities like this for all Red Hook students.

Thanks for Helping Send the LAMS 8th Grade to D.C. in ’22!

After two years off due to the pandemic, the annual LAMS 8th Grade field trip to Washington D.C. returned the spring of 2022!

Costs per student this year were higher than usual. Your donation by the trip registration deadline of FRIDAY, February 11, made a HUGE difference! You helped make sure that all our students who wanted to go, went!

You can still give to future trips at The Red Hook Education Foundation’s online PayPal donation page and select “8th Grade DC Trip Fund” from the pulldown window.


Thank you for helping us make experiential learning a reality for EVERY Red Hook student!

Red Hook High Schoolers Get a 3D Scanner & Laptop!

Thanks to your kind donations and the matching gift of $2500 from a generous anonymous donor, Red Hook High School will benefit from the interdisciplinary opportunities of an Einscan Pro 2X Plus 3D Scanner & Laptop!

The Einscan Pro 2X Plus 3D Scanner scans an object, which is rendered as a 3D model in the dedicated laptop, where the model can then be studied, measured, manipulated, redesigned or even 3D-printed!

Now Red Hook High School students will get hands-on experience with some of the most advanced technology used in the many fields of 3D design, fabrication, and production. The possible projects are limitless! 

  • Students in TECH courses would be able to scan real structures & reproduce them.
  • Students in BIO classes would be able to scan & replicate organs after dissection.
  • Students in ART courses would be be able to work with museums to scan sculptures.
  • Students in SOCIAL STUDIES classes could use the scanner on field trips.
  • Students in AUTOMOTIVE classes could replicate car parts.

The 3D scanner is educational, easy-to-use and super cool for school! But with a $10K price tag, we needed YOUR help. And you delivered. THANK YOU!

Here’s a quick intro to how it works:

RHEF is always looking to fund events, programs and tools that help make the education of Red Hook students even more robust. So please consider making a donation or regular donations to our foundation. Any amount is a BIG help toward making dreams like this 3D scanner a reality:

Proud Sponsors of R.H.’s Summer Academy, Four Years Running!

Red Hook Education Foundation is delighted to have once again co-sponsored The Red Hook Summer Academy, a grant-funded enrichment program for rising 8th grade students through graduating seniors. This program is FREE to students and includes courses such as SAT Prep, Automotive Tech, Coding, Farm to Table Cooking, Acoustic Guitar, World Languages and much more!

Registration is closed, but you can check out these links to see what was on offer in 2021:

• 2021 Summer Academy Course Listings

• 2021 Summer Academy Course Calendar

R.H. Students Get First Use of the New Auditorium!

The Sunday afternoon of May 23rd, 2021, marked the soft launch of the new 700-seat performing arts theater, with the high school spring musical performance of The Fantasticks, which was web-streamed from there live. (Click here for more info.)

It’s been a long journey — from the special vote in late 2017, to the groundbreaking in June of 2019, to the continuation of construction through a pandemic, all the way to its completion this past April of 2021.

We are so proud to have been a part of helping make the auditorium a reality, and are so delighted that Red Hook kids are now, at long last, getting to enjoy it. We’re looking forward to all the wonderful performances and community events that will surely grace the stage!

The Auditorium Is Becoming a Reality!

construction of the Red Hook High School Auditorium

RHEF contributed $100K towards the construction of the auditorium, thanks to the generous contributions from gala sponsors and community contributors! And we wish to thank Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for securing $4M in grant funding for the project! If you haven’t yet seen the progress in construction, be sure to drive through the high school campus! It is exciting to see this valuable community resource become a reality.

The following is from Assemblymember Cahill’s Facebook feed

While making his routine visits throughout the 103rd District this week, Assemblymember Cahill was thrilled to see the construction progress of the Red Hook School Auditorium. Mr. Cahill, who secured $4 million in funding for the project stated, “Each theater, music and choral student strives for the opportunity to perform on stage in front of the bright lights and before an audience of adoring fans – we are raising up this already beautiful community just a little bit more.”

In a press release published by the Red Hook Central School District, Superintendent Paul Finch stated, “The lack of a high school auditorium has been a blot on the otherwise stellar reputation of the Red Hook Central School District. With this project, our facilities will finally reflect the talent of our students and the value we place on the performing arts.”

Construction of the auditorium will continue through the 2019-2020 school year with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2020!

construction of the Red Hook Auditorium
picture of auditorium construction from Assemblymember Cahill’s visit to the site

Our 2020 Winter Fundraiser – a Great Success!

Thanks to all who came out on Friday, February 21st for our 8th Annual Winterfest Fundraiser! We enjoyed the drinks and digs of Hudson Valley Distillers, the music of the always lively T McCann Band, and the company of good friends and neighbors. It was a wonderful night of music, food and fun in support of the PTA’s STEAM Night at Mill Road — over $2500 was raised! We can always count on our wonderful Red Hook community to come together in support of our schools and kids.

The original invite for this event:

The Red Hook Summer Academy

The Red Hook Summer Academy provides local students — incoming 9th-12th graders, plus those who just graduated — with learning opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them during the typical school year.  Best of all, these courses are offered at no cost to the students, thanks to sponsorships from local organizations, including the Red Hook Education Foundation.

The program was conceived and implemented by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, launched in the summer of 2018, and draws on the many skills and expertise of the school district and our community.

See below for this year’s offerings, as well as previous summer curricula. To register, visit Family ID (an online tool the Red Hook School District uses for various school programs) and search ‘Red Hook Summer Academy Program’. Complete course schedules, including dates and times, are viewable there.

Some of the people behind the Red Hook Summer Academy

2019 Red Hook Summer Academy Course Offerings

SAT English:
Learn to navigate the SAT reading, vocabulary and writing skills. Students will learn strategies for all question types (sentence completion, vocabulary, critical reading, and writing).

SAT Math: Students will review the style and content of the SAT Math exam. Learn helpful strategies and techniques. An SAT book will be provided. Students must have a graphing calculator and have completed Algebra I and Geometry as prerequisites. Two sections of this course will be offered.

Video Production: Learn how to storyboard a short film from start to finish in all roles of production. After compiling a sufficient amount of footage, students will learn to edit and create a finished product.

iSquad: Training for students interested in being part of the first-ever RHHS Student Tech Support Team. Work with members of the district’s technology department to build this pilot program while getting on the job experience as tech support during the school year.

Construction Systems: Students will learn basic construction techniques, such as: framing, roofing, and installing drywall. Along with practical knowledge, tips and tricks, students will be immersed in a plethora of equipment that are used by professionals in the field.

Sustainability for a Brighter Tomorrow: This class will give you the opportunity to learn about sustainability and the many ways we can use our understanding of what goes into producing and discarding goods to become conscientious consumers. We will develop strategies that we can use to diminish our impact on the environment and create materials that we can use to advocate for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Farm to Table Cooking and Baking: This class will showcase the abundance of wonderful agricultural resources in the Hudson Valley, utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients from local sources.

Talking About Money: High school students are at most a few years away from some very adult decisions. Participants in this class will have conversations about money and finances as we address issues that may arise in the first few years of adulthood. Topics include budgets, savings, debt, credit, investing, transportation, housing, and taxes.

Automotive Technology: Learn basic car maintenance from how to fix a flat tire to changing your oil, basic car care and how major systems of a car work.

Hamlet in a Hurry: This course is designed for high school students who want to “Speak the speech, trippingly on the tongue.” For one week we will explore an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s HAMLET and rehearse it as quickly as was done in 1599. The last hour of the class we will present it to anyone willing to attend!

Topics in Food Studies: A wide range of current topics in food from post workout eating to event planning, catering, and more. The culminating project will have students creating a food truck experience.

Computer Aided Design (CAD): Students will begin to dig into the engineering design process, applying STEM standards to hands-on projects of innovation and design improvement. Designs will be brought to life using Autodesk Inventor. Basic and advanced concepts will be covered.

Coding with SCRATCH: Learn coding skills by creating games using the program language SCRATCH. Learn about coding concepts such as sequencing, loops, events, conditionals and operators while creating different games. Share your games online where you can challenge your friends to beat each other’s scores.

Peer Tutoring Training: The Peer Tutoring class is designed to train students how to be motivational and effective peer tutors. We will learn strategies and design implementation plans to assist Red Hook High School students who struggle with academics. Students who complete the training and commit to tutoring hours during the school year will receive Community Service Credit.

The College Essay: Do you want to get a jump on the college essay process or even complete your essay before the school year starts? Polish and organize your writing in this helpful workshop.

Improv and Storytelling: This program will focus on cultivating group mind, creating characters, and exercising the most integral part of improv “Yes And!” Participants will learn to take risks, explore authentic forms of self-expression, and operate as a collaborative group.

Computer Science: Learn how to write code in the popular programming language Python. Use computer science concepts such as variables, loops and functions while creating projects. Learn how to build graphics using Python’s Turtle.



Wood, Metal, and Plastic Shop: work with a variety of tools such as 3D printers and laser engravers to make exciting projects.
Intro to Video Production and Editing: storyboard a short film from start to finish in all roles of production. After compiling a sufficient amount of footage, students will learn to edit and create a finished product.
Automotive Survival Skills: basic car maintenance from how to fix a flat tire to changing your oil, basic car care and how major systems of a car work.
Coding: Creative Computing Using SCRATCH: Create projects from the ground up and share with your classmates in this interactive programming course.
Adulting 101: Learn the basics for life on your own. Topics to include: basic cooking and meal planning, budgeting, responsible use of credit cards, researching and securing insurance, applying for a job, and resume writing.
Eat This Book: Literature and cooking collide in this crossover program. Students read novel excerpts and prepare foods connected to the work studied.
Farm To Table Cooking: Seasonal farm to table baking and cooking. Instructor will incorporate all that the Hudson Valley has to offer with local produce and harvest from our very own school garden.
Writing The College Essay: Do you want to get a jump on the college essay process or even complete your essay before the school year starts? Polish and organize your writing in this helpful workshop!
Art Journaling 101: Discover your creative spirit though an art journal. A mindful and thoughtful approach will be encouraged. Artists of all levels are encouraged to participate.
Digital Photography: Communicate with the viewer through the art of digital photography. This class will include portraiture, nature, landscape, symbolism, and mood. Composition, light, color, and texture will be techniques explored.