Over the years, we've received many wonderful notes from grateful students and faculty, thanking us for funding their special programs. Scroll down to see some of our latest projects and their impact on our students.
April, 2018 Alpaca Adventure
Students in Spanish III Honors conducted research and presented on products from a variety of Spanish speaking countries and the impact the products have on the economy of those countries. Before conducting the project students were introduced to the idea via a lesson on alpacas and their significance in Peru's economy. To give them the opportunity to learn more about alpacas in person and connect with what they learned in the classroom, they traveled to the Arrow Acres Alpaca Farm in Wall. In addition to getting up close and personal with the animals, students also had the chance to taste authentic Peruvian food.
March, 2016 An American Premiere At Two River Theater
Two River Theater, a professional regional theater right here in Red Bank, develops and produces great American theater. Each year, more than 55,000 patrons and guests see exceptional productions in their intimate performance spaces. With funding from the R-FH Foundation, our Spanish Honors III, IV and V classes were lucky enough to see the American Premiere of a new play by Barbara Colio, ROPES. In this beautiful and universal story about forgiveness, love and loss, three brothers rendezvous at an airport to meet the father who abandoned them as children. RFH students saw a spanish language performance of the play, which all agreed made the story much more powerful. After the show, students and their teachers walked to the infamous Carlos O'Connors restaurant and enjoyed a fun Mexican meal. Bravo!
May, 2016 Eric's Reptile Adventure
Reptiles may not be most people's thing, but the French and Science faculties (we love this kind of cross-curricula synergy!) came to us in spring 2016 with what they considered a fun, exciting program. In May, Erik Callender, founder of Eric's Reptile Adventures, came to RFH to give four interactive presentations to our students. The presentation focused on the biodiversity and ecosystems of Madagascar, as well as the daily life and culture of Madagascar.
Students in Ms. Berg, Ms. Pagano and Ms. Laviola's classes previewed a PBS documentary and prepared questions about Madagascar in preparation for Eric's visit. On the day of the program, RFH students Skyped with students live in Madagascar, and experienced a live demonstration of animals native to the area. Students had the opportunity to learn scientific vocabulary words in English, Malagasy and French.
"Students loved Skyping with the kids in Madagascar," said Ms. Berg. And believe it or not, they even liked the reptiles!