This program provides free books to students in the elementary and middle schools (K-8) from Montauk to Sagaponack. Since 2004 we have given away books valued at over $80,000. Books have been given to elementary and middle school students in these schools: Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton Middle School, John M. Marshall Elementary School, Montauk, Sagaponack, Springs and Wainscott schools. The goals of this program have been to encourage the reading/writing process, and to provide every student with a free book.
The Author-in-Hand program accepts donations to offset the cost of books that will be distributed to students at each school’s book fair during late spring. All businesses and groups that donate to this program will be listed on bookplates that will be sealed inside each book.
National September 11 memorial and museum trip for 11th graders
In May, all 233 11th grade East Hampton High School students visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in a large part through a donation of $5,000 made by GEHEF. This museum documents and examines the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the events that preceded them, including the first attack on the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, and exploring the continuing significance of Sept. 11, 2001.
Fine arts inititative
GEHEF has provided funding for Fine Arts Initiatives. This has included sending East Hampton High School students to perform at Carnegie Hall, providing monies for Springs School to perform their opera, and sent students to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Greater East Hampton Education Foundation has paid for various speakers to visit with students and teach them about character education. These programs have included Challenge Day, motivational speaker Bobby Petrocelli, and others.