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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
eMATHinstruction
 The Rhinebeck Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors


Silver Sponsors

Nuvance Health
Esme.com
Innovation Glass 


Bronze Sponsors

JOLOstudio.com
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 

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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.

DONATE ANY AMOUNT!

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

Please Give to the Student-In-Need Initiative

The Student-in-Need Initiative supports programs throughout the year that align with RHEF’s mission of equity for all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Donations provide, 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. 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 Initiative.

HOW TO DONATE

We’ve partnered with PayPal to accept credit card donations to make supporting RHEF easy: click on the button above to donate now. Or you can simply mail a check payable to the RHEF at PO Box 2, Red Hook, NY, 12571.

HONOR A TEACHER WITH A DONATION

In the past, RHEF has encouraged contributions to our Student in Need Fund initiative by honoring individual teachers and staff members with each donation. 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)

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!

Our Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser — Rich & Delicious!

On Friday, March 5, 2021, Red Hook chocolate lovers gathered for RHEF’s “Everything’s Coming Up Chocolate” Winter Fundraiser. A $20 ticket got everyone a Taste Budd’s Chocolate Tasting Kit, a raffle ticket, and a Zoom link for an evening of rich chocolate knowledge imparted virtually by Taste Budd’s owner, chef and chocolatier, Dan Budd. 

We all had fun learning about about chocolate and raised about $2400 for two great causes: our Student in Need Initiative and our Equity Initiative.

Our Student-in-Need Initiative supports programs throughout the year that align with RHEF’s mission of equity for all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Donations provide, 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.

Our newest initiative is the Equity Initiative. We are fundraising for an exciting new district initiative led by Educational Elements, a hands-on consulting group that will assist RHCSD in creating a more positive and equitable learning environment.

If you weren’t able to join us but would like to DONATE please click here or on the yellow “Donate” button in the upper right or lower left.

Happy Holidays! An update from RHEF…

December 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this time of crisis. As you know, RHEF’s fundraising benefit at Bard’s Spiegeltent, our Tenth Annual, was cancelled this year. We thank you for your generosity over the past nine years to support our school district. And now, more than ever, many students in our community need our continued support. 

So, we are asking you to please consider donating what you can as the year comes to a close.  You can do so by visiting our website at www.redhookeducationfoundation.com and clicking on the Donate link, or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 2, Red Hook, NY 12571.

Thanks to your generosity in the spring, RHEF was able to provide our school district with $3,000 of gift cards from Hannaford and Walmart to distribute to families facing economic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are in the process of providing more of the same as the holidays approach.

The Foundation has also continued to fund grants such as the high school’s Mentor program, highlighted at the school board meeting on Nov.18th.

We are continually engaging with the Red Hook Central School District to determine their emerging needs and how RHEF, in partnership with generous donors like you, can best provide support.  Recently we were approached by the district to aide in funding equity work.  We are working with the Red Hook Equity Collective (RHEC) to fundraise for an exciting new initiative led by Educational Elements, a hands-on consulting group that will assist RHCSD in creating a more positive and equitable learning environment.  If you would like to donate specifically to this initiative, please indicate that when you make your donation.

We look forward to a time when we can all come together again and celebrate with our wonderful community.  

You have our enduring thanks.

The Board of the Red Hook Education Foundation

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