The “Author in Hand Program” goals are to encourage reading, and to put one enrichment book in every student’s hand. The program was started in 1992 giving students in East Hampton two free books in the spring that they could use for summer reading. In 2009, Bridgehampton, Wainscott, and Sagaponack schools were added. In the past few years, Amagansett, Montauk and Springs schools were also included in this program. Because of the added schools, we now provide one free book per student K thu 8th Grade from Montauk to Bridgehampton. This includes all public school students in the Town of East Hampton and Bridgehampton from pre-K to eighth grade.
The foundation will be supplying more than 2,500 students with books this coming school year. The average purchase price is $6. To $8. The Scholastic Book Company has a special deal for us where we buy one book and get a book for free. We are hoping to raise $8,500 to cover the balance of the cost of the books.
In the past, we have had many generous local merchants and civic groups donate the funds to provide the students with a book. These generous donors have helped us purchase thousands of books over the last twenty-one years. Since we have expanded to include more students, we need to appropriate more funds to make this project a success. Last year, we were not able to collect enough donations to support the entire program. We hope this project will be one you will be willing to support.
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
Each May, all 11th grade East Hampton High School students will visit 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.
THE TYLER PROJECT
The Tyler Valcich Memorial Fund has been established to increase and improve coordination and delivery of mental health services for students and their families in our community. Funds raised will be used to support character education services and programs to help predict and prevent some of the crises facing young people. For more information, go to http://www.tylerproject.org.