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Save the Date!

RHEF invites you to join us for our annual fundraiser, an evening of Dreaming under the Stars

Friday, June 17th, at the Bard Spiegeltent from 6 -11 p.m.

Tantalizing food, delectable drinks and a magical evening of music and community! More information to follow.

An Evening with Amy Helm, Red Hook Education Foundation 29 June 2013Photo:

Red Hook Makes in 3D

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3D printing technology is taking off in Red Hook schools – RHEF is supporting the purchase of a 3D printer for the high school library as part of the “Red Hook Makes” program, a collaboration between Red Hook Central School District, Red Hook Public Library and Bard College to bring Maker programs to Red Hook community members, with an initial focus on children in grades 3–12. Maker programs provide hands-on learning opportunities for community members to build, design, tinker, and play with an idea, including training and access to a variety of high tech and low tech tools, equipment, and supplies. RHEF’s funding for “Red Hook Makes in 3D” will be used toward the purchase of a high tech 3D printer, which will be located in the Red Hook High School Library for use by RHHS students.

Based on a survey distributed to all RHHS students, 337 students stated that they were interested in using a 3D printer. Access to 3D modeling software and printing could spark further interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) fields for students that might not ordinarily pursue that path. Students from Mr. Fitzmaurice’s Engineering classes will be asked to help teach their peers. (RHEF previously purchased 3D printers and funded professional development for the high school technology program.) Additional programs will be made available by Red Hook Makes instructors. The goal of “Red Hook Makes in 3D” is for students to demonstrate comfort using 3D modeling software and 3D printing. 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 library to innovate. The public library and Bard College are providing staff and students to co-teach lessons on various maker topics, such as 3-D modeling and printing, during and after school at the High School. The 3D printer would also be available for teachers to use with their classes.

RHEF Supports Student Leaders

RHEF continues to support student participation in the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities (NYS CLSA), a conference fostering leadership skills among both high school and middle school students throughout New York State. The goal of the conference is to inspire participants to learn and take home ideas to make a difference in their school and in the lives of their peers and community members. Red Hook students will be leading and attending workshops at the conference and will bring important skills and ideas for community service back to the Red Hook school community, energizing organizations throughout the middle and high schools.

Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks to the support of our generous community, our Spiegeltent fundraiser raised almost $50,000, money that will go to programs supporting Red Hook students, K-12. We would particularly like to thank all of our sponsors for underwriting the event, as well as Bard College, and all of the volunteers who gave their time to make a wonderful party and our most successful fundraiser yet!

Tickets On Sale for the Spiegeltent Fundraiser!

Click here to buy tickets or call 845-758-7900

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)