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CHEF, PTA & Boosters Team with Croton-Harmon Schools to Create a Science Experience for All Ages

May 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

On Friday, May 13th the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation, the PTAs, the Booster Club, and the Croton-Harmon School District hosted an Experience Science Celebration at the Croton-Harmon High School (CHHS), from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. The evening served as an opportunity for students and residents of all ages to learn about, teach each other, and practice science in a fun way. And that is exactly what happened; the community came out in droves to show their interest and support of science.

There were experience stations for students of all ages, from Reuse it and Make Music to Fun with Bunsen Burners. Croton’s award winning Destination Imagination set up an experience station as did the Croton Star Party with a telescope to look at our largest star of all, the sun.

The Croton Little League along with the Croton-Harmon Police Department hosted a very popular Physics of Baseball station. Everyone had an opportunity to throw his/her fastest pitch and Officer Murtaugh read the radar gun to see the speed of the pitch.

A highlight of the evening was when AP student Hannah Ettenberg danced to original scientific songs, written and performed by another AP student, Carissa Cabrera.

CHHS students were in attendance to discuss their research projects. Professional scientists Willy Wriggers and Fran Allen were in attendance to share with students and teachers their professional experiences. And, Croton’s very own Scientist on Stilts, Adam Auslander, was there to make everyone smile.

To help boost the look of the new science labs, tiles were created by children who attended the event. Each design will be fired to create a 4×4 tile which will then be installed at the entrance of the science labs. If you would like your child to design a tile, simply right click here and download the tile order form.

The event raised $2,000 for the new state of the art science labs being built for the Croton-Harmon High School. But more importantly the event raised awareness for STEM-D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Design) education in our district.

For more information about how you can contribute to the Endowment for Discovery in support of the CHHS science labs please visit

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CHEF Donates $58,000 to the Croton-Harmon Schools Including Major Donation to New High School Science Labs

May 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 totaling $58,000 to the Croton-Harmon Schools.

The largest grant will go to Croton-Harmon High School to fund 120 science kits for the two 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 District’s new STEM-D (Science, Math, Technology and Design) initiative.

Click here to see the complete list of equipment for the new CHHS Science Labs.

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. For more information about the Foundation, visit the foundation’s website at or become a fan of Croton-Harmon Education Foundation on Facebook.

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CHEF Raises more than $64,000 at the April 2nd Under the Stars Celebration at Hudson National Golf Club

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

On Saturday April 2nd, The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) hosted Under the Stars, Over the Hudson at Hudson National Golf Club. This year, over 380 attendees helped CHEF to raise more than $64,000 in support of Croton-Harmon schools – the most money ever raised at Under the Stars.  Beth Coan, CHEF board member, and Hayley McNatty co-chaired the event with the support of Mark Possidento, General Manager, Hudson National Golf Club.

Julie Kelly and Alicia Pascale, Under the Stars volunteers, selling tickets to the raffle grand prize bicycles

The event started at 5:30 pm high over the Hudson and continued until 11:00 pm. This year the grand prize raffle, two Cannondale Quick CX Bicycles, went home with Croton’s Dr. Melman. The silent and online auctions showcased over 80 items, donated by local businesses and residents, generating tens of thousands of dollars for the event. New this year was a live auction at which guests could bid on Lobel’s Get-Together Package, generously donated by local resident, Evan Lobel; House Seats to the Lion King, donated by the Disney Theatrical Group; Aged Scotch Whisky donated by Judy Rayer; and an elaborate wine basket donated by MomsOfferMore. The grand prize of the live auction was an all expense paid vacation for four, including one airfare, to Antigua. This package was arranged by Jennifer Atherley at The Art of Travel and Technology, a travel concierge service, and generously donated and presented to the winner by Dean Fenton, Senior Marketing/Sales representative of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism.

Mary Berry (l) and Quinn Moss (r) Former CHEF Board Members

Croton’s very own Real Rough Diamonds, led by Frank Migliorelli and Adam West, played late into the evening while guests danced, mingled, and caught up with old and new friends.

Real Rough Diamonds' Frank Migliorelli front, Adam West, rear left, and Erik Egol, rear on drums

The success of this year’s Under the Stars, Over the Hudson was due to many contributing factors including record attendance, a new live auction, great raffle baskets, a wine wall and the support of a large number of local businesses.   Beth Coan, CHEF board member and co-chair of the event, said, “I am thrilled to see everyone out tonight in support of the Croton-Harmon schools. I am very thankful for the generous support of so many of our local Croton businesses. We could not have done this without them.”  

Full list of CHEF Supporters — Thank You!

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CHEF Spring Newsletter 2011

January 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off

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November 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

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CHEF Annual Appeal

November 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

You can download our Annual Appeal letter by clicking Here.

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CHEF 2010 Fall Newsletter

November 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

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CHEF Dine-A-Round — January 29, 2011 — Save the Date!!

November 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

The 2011 Dine-A-Round is coming up, so save the date –

Saturday, January 29th

Tickets go on sale January 3rd.

This event frequently sells out, so make sure to get your tickets in advance.  All proceeds from the Dine-A-Round will benefit the Croton-Harmon School District.  Thank you for your support!

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Thank You for Supporting School’s In Eat Out!

September 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Thank you to all members of the Croton community who supported CHEF’s first fundraiser of the school year on September 14 – School’s In Eat Out. We had a great turnout, and the money raised will help to fund innovation in the Croton-Harmon Schools.

A special thank you to the restaurants that hosted this event and donated a portion of their proceeds for the evening to CHEF. The restaurants included:

Bella Paula
Capriccio II
Croton Colonial Diner
Justin Thyme Cafe
India House
The Tavern at Croton Landing (Honey’s)
T.K. Casquarelli

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Star-Gazing Party with CHEF-funded Telescope – New Date November 1

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Don’t miss the next Star-Gazing party now rescheduled for Monday, November 1 at the Croton Dam (the October 18 date is being rescheduled due to cloudy skies).  The party will be hosted by Ray Ferrara, CHHS Science teacher and Dan Cummings, Croton dad and amateur astronomer, and will make use of the new CHHS Dobsonian telescope, recently funded by CHEF.

If you would like to be added to the Star Party email list, please send an email to

The telescope was ordered in Spring 2010 and the CHHS science department took it out for its first Star Party on June 8th. The party was a wonderful educational event attracting more than 40 parents, teachers, administrators and students (ranging in age from 8 to 18).

The new telescope is a Dobsonian and CHHS spent $1500 of a $3750 grant for this telescope, phase one of the implementation of the grant. For phase two they expect to get a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Per Dan Cummings, “The Dobsonian is a lightweight, powerful, easy-to-set-up-and-use device good for viewing deep space object-like galaxies because it is such a good light collector for its size. The Schmidt-Cassegrain can be hooked to a computer and will scan to the exact location of the sky. It is also great for astrophotography because it can track the deep space objects as they move through the sky and expose them for long periods.”

At the June 8 star party Dan asked, “Just how tiny ARE we?… Imagine our Sun is the size of a grain of sand. Now, picture half a tennis court piled 1 meter (3 feet) high with grains of sand. That’s about 100 billion grains of sand. Pile it 10 meters (30 feet) high and you’ve got 1 trillion grains of sand. There are between 100 billion and 1 trillion stars (grains of sand) in the Milky Way Galaxy (our galaxy). The Sun is ONE OF THOSE stars (grains of sand)! And, just to make you feel even tinier, there are about 100 billion to 1 trillion galaxies in the known universe, each containing a similar number of stars to the Milky Way.”

It was a clear night and the group saw the planets Venus, Mars, and Saturn. They clearly defined the ecliptic (the imaginary line the Sun, moon and all the planets follow through the sky). Coincidentally, each planet was right next to a bright star: Venus paired with Castor and Pollux (the twin stars of Gemini; Venus was much, much brighter than both of them), Mars right above Regulus (Leo’s heart), and Saturn just near Zavijava – the star that Einstein used in 1922 to test his hypothesis that gravity bends light (it does). Participants also learned how to find celestial landmarks using the stars of the Big Dipper as a starting point.

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