Croton-Harmon Education Foundation
Thank you for a successful 2016 Dine-A-Round.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) wishes to thank you for attending the annual “Dine-A-Round” event on Saturday, January 30. The event raised over $12,000 to support our mission of bringing innovation and excellence to the Croton-Harmon schools. By all accounts, guests enjoyed delicious dinners while meeting new friends and getting together with old friends throughout the evening. We couldn’t do it without all our generous hosts throughout the community who volunteered to prepare intimate dinners for their guests! We especially thank Laurie Gomez who volunteered to organize the event and with her husband Ed Gomez graciously hosted appetizers at their home. Members of God Street Wine — Jon Leibowitz on piano and Dan Pifer on guitar volunteered to play live at the appetizers house. Croton’s “Destination Imagination” students volunteered as coat checkers. Many local businesses donated food and beverages for the event — Memphis Mae’s, A&S, Franki’s, Giovanni’s, La Monica’s, Croton Mini Deli, Van Wyck Liquors, Green Growler, and Black Cow. Fino’s Restaurant hosted dessert and dancing and Baked by Susan donated tasty desserts. Toni-Marie Feliu for photography; Alicia Pascale for design services; Mom Offers More for advertising; and Sunshine & Clover for flowers.

CHEF is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that raises community funds to seed educational programs throughout the Croton-Harmon district. With a teacher collaborator, students and parents are welcome to submit grant applications and ideas. For more information about CHEF grants and events, please visit us at

We hope to see you again soon! SAVE THE DATE for Under the Stars at Senasqua Lodge on MAY 7, 2016.  Tickets and more information will be available soon at


Gillian Jackson-Champlain and Beverly McGrath
Co-Presidents, Croton-Harmon Education Foundation

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Dear Supporters:

Now that the school year is well underway, the Board of Directors would like to to express our appreciation to everyone who has supported the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation in the past, and ask you to take part as we begin another year of promoting excellence and innovation in the Croton-Harmon School District.

Thanks to our generous donors, CHEF provides grants to teachers, parents, and administrators to fund creative initiatives that are not included in the regular school budget.  Major grants in the past year include:

  • $33,396 for Students Taking Charge: Creating Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms, a district-wide initiative to train teachers to create (inquiry-based/problem-based) flipped classroom learning environments.
  • $17,198 for Croton Arts in the Cloud, an initiative supporting the Art, Media and Music Departments at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School to help students develop critical thinking through creative and innovative projects using applications like iMovie, Finale Print Music, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Since its inception in 2000, CHEF has awarded over $850,000 in grants for projects that go beyond the scope of traditional classroom learning.  At a time when public funding is more precarious than ever, your support is vital to bringing innovative programs, materials, and equipment to the Croton-Harmon School District.  We hope we can count on your tax-deductible contribution to CHEF this year as we continue to pursue and fund exciting new educational opportunities for all children in Croton.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I wish you all the best this season and always.

Sincerely yours,

Gillian Jackson-Champlain
President, Croton-Harmon Education Foundation


Croton-Harmon Education Foundation
Gets Off to a Strong Start in the New School Year

Croton-On-Hudson, NY, October 13, 2011–The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation, CHEF, started off the 2011-2012 school year with a diverse array of projects: a new and improved website, a back-to-school fundraiser, a networking event for kindergarten families, and an invitation to teachers to increase the number of grant submissions this year.

Jessica Godwin, CHEF Co-President,  spoke at a district meeting in September and  challenged the Croton-Harmon faculty to bring innovation to the schools at every level “even if it means spending every dime we have.”

CHEF’s 2011-2012 board includes returning officers Jessica Godwin and Debra Schor as Co-Presidents, Lisa Cohen as Vice President, and Gillian Jackson-Champlain as Secretary.  Brian Aspinwall joined this year as Treasurer.  Returning board members include Beth Coan, Janet Kraybill, Beverly McGrath, Suzanne Smith, Abbie Voss, and Charles Weinstock.  Greta Sohmer joined the board this year.

To start the school year CHEF launched a brand new website you can visit at  The website was designed by local graphic designer Barbara Wertheim.  Gillian Jackson-Champlain, CHEF Secretary, notes, “The new design will enable visitors to navigate our site more easily and it will allow us to update the community on events, grants, and exciting CHEF news.”

On September 13th CHEF worked with community restaurants to welcome students and teachers back to school with its Schools In Eat Out fundraiser.  Local restaurants Capriccio II, India House, Justin Thyme, Tavern, Tenampa, TK Casquarelli and Umami all donated a portion of their proceeds that day to support the Croton-Harmon schools.  The evening’s event raised over $1300 and got the word out about CHEF’s mission to support innovation in our schools.

On September 24th CHEF, CET PTA, SEPTA and the other not-for-profits supporting the Croton-Harmon Schools all welcomed Croton’s newest students, the kindergarteners, and their families to the district with a giant pizza party.  Suzanne Smith, CHEF’s Fundraising Committee Co-Chair said, “This annual event is a great way for new families to learn about the organizations that support the schools.  It’s also a great way to meet new friends and visit with old ones.”

Now CHEF is gearing up for its winter fundraiser, Dine-A-Round, on Saturday January 28th.  Co-President Debra Schor explained, “This year we are trying something new.  We will offer two different dining experiences.  Guests will be able to choose between a three course formal dining experience and a two course casual dining experience.  We hope this variety will increase attendance and enable us to raise more funds to support the Croton-Harmon schools.”  CHEF is currently recruiting community members interested in hosting dinners.  To express interest or receive more information, visit CHEF’s website at or email


Croton-Harmon Education Foundation
Donates $58,000 in the Spring 2011 Grants Cycle –
Major Donation to New CHHS Science Labs.

Croton-on-Hudson, NY, May 6, 2011 — The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation, in its Spring 2011 grants cycle, announces the donation of funds for six grants totalling $58,000 to the Croton-Harmon Schools.

The largest grant will go to Croton-Harmon High School to fund 120 science kits for the new science labs opening in the fall of 2011. The kits will provide new state-of-the-art equipment for all the lab classes taught at CHHS – Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics – and will be an important contribution to the the District’s new STEM-D (Science, Math, Technology and Design) initiative.

In the words of Croton schools Superintendent Edward Fuhrman, “This generous grant from CHEF will provide all the equipment needed for students to immediately get to work this fall in our new science labs at CHHS. Thank you CHEF for this major contribution!”

In addition, CHEF is funding BioLab software for the CHHS Animal Physiology class to enable students to do a variety of experiments including virtual dissection of animals.

Also at the high school, CHEF is funding a TI-Nspire Navigator wireless network that will connect the 30 CHEF-funded TI-Nspire CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) graphing calculators and will provide a more interactive and dynamic way for students to learn high-level math.

In a co-funded grant with SEPTA, CHEF is providing funds for five laptops for the Special Education department at the high school to increase computer and internet access for all students.

CHEF is also providing funds for the district to pilot a Mimio Teach System. This next-generation smartboard technology provides innovations in both cost and portability and will be evaluated for possible future use in all three schools.

At Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School, CHEF is funding a non-fiction upgrade to the CET library, providing 149 new high-interest non-fiction titles to replace the current outdated collection.

Thanks to the generous support of the Croton Community, the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) has awarded grants of more than $600,000 over the past 11 years to support innovation and enrichment for all Croton students.

Equipment for New Science Labs
CHHS 2011

“This generous grant from CHEF will provide all the equipment needed for students to immediately get to work this fall in our new science labs at CHHS. Thank you CHEF for this major contribution!”

– Dr. Edward J. Fuhrman,
Croton Schools Superintendent