Hen Hud PTA Donates $22,800 to School Programs

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Hendrick Hudson PTA member Maggie Pinque (center) presents a large $22,800 check to Superintendent of Schools Daniel McCann and Board of Education President Marion Walsh.
Hendrick Hudson PTA member Maggie Pinque (center) presents a large $22,800 check to Superintendent of Schools Daniel McCann and Board of Education President Marion Walsh. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - The Hendrick Hudson PTA presented a check totaling $22,800 to the Board of Education last week. The funds will be divided evenly for curtains in the high school auditorium, the Project Lead the Way engineering program and sports.

"We're very proud and excited to present this check," said PTA member Maggie Pinque. "We're looking forward to doing it again next year. The more we make, the more we can give."

The Board of Education accepted several other donations from various organizations during its meeting in the high school library. The Frank G. Lindsey PTA made a donation of $3,888.82 to supplement the cost of cultural enrichment programs and $80 for Transportation Personnel Appreciation Week.

The Blue Mountain Middle School PTA made a donation of $2,500 for technology purchases and $1,060.50 for tickets to the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum.

Also making a pair of donations was the Hendrick Hudson Community Education Foundation. One contribution totaled $1,200.60 for science newsletters and an after school speed program for the Athletic Department. The other totaled $300 for t-shirts for the Elementary Science Fair.

The board also accepted an anonymous donation of $275 to the Barbara Katzenstein Scholarship Fund and $5,175 for the Hendrick Hudson High School Class of 2012.

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Below is the press release from the LIVE event that generated this awesome donation:

For the third year in a row, LIVE From Hen Hud…it’s STILL Saturday Night generated good cheer, good fun and $30,000! On Saturday, March 10, 2012 over 320 people gathered at Colonial Terrace to enjoy an adult night out. An abundant cocktail hour, casino games, the comedy of Mike Guida, prizes galore and visiting with friends made this annual event THE place to be.

Each of the six PTAs received $1,000. The remaining monies are being divided into three platforms. Each platform will receive $7,600.

For the arts, the money will be used towards the purchase of new curtains in the Hen Hud auditorium. As a busy stage used for the elementary school concerts and the many events held at the high school, they have been saving for a long time for these curtains. We are certain this money will make the new curtains appear sooner rather than later.

For sports, there will be an addition of four much needed pieces of equipment in the weight room at the high school. All of these can be utilized by all students, whether in Physical Education, after school in Weightlifting Club, or Sport Specific Training Programs. They are looking forward to the addition of a Multi Function Weight Rack, a platform for the Dead lift, an Incline and Flat Bench.

We are excited to share the LIVE donation for Science & Technology will be used to enhance Hen Hud’s participation in Project Lead The Way. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. We urge you to check out the innovative programs at http://www.pltw.org/

On February 10, 2012, our high school hosted a meeting of the Lower Hudson Valley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) hub. There is a statewide STEM initiative going on, and there are hubs forming in regions throughout the state. Thanks to Dr. McCann and Mr. Mackin, our district is one of the "founding members" of the hub. Hub members toured the high school and witnessed our kids in action in our Project Lead the Way Courses in Engineering and Biomed classes, as well as our Science Research class with Dr. Rogers. The attendees came from IBM, Beacon Institute/Clarkson U., Westchester Community College, Pocantico Hills SD, Brewster SD, SUNY, Rye City SD, BOCES, etc. Each and every one of them could not stop talking about how IMPRESSED they were with our kids!

In addition, by using monies from the Strategic Planning budget, the district will match the amount LIVE donated to Science & Technology and make enhancements at the elementary school and middle school levels.

With attendance from people from every school, the mingling was fun and the feeling of community did not go unnoticed. We are grateful for the huge outpouring of community support; you attended the event, you sponsored a table, you donated prizes and you made monetary donations if you couldn’t attend.

We are already preparing for next year’s event which will be a Casino & Dancing night at Villa Barone in Mahopac. Please save the date of Saturday, March 16, 2013. We are sure it'll be the biggest and best LIVE ever.

One District. One Cause.