Foundation Hopes to Transform Haldane Classrooms

Annual Fall Ball fundraiser Nov. 6

The Haldane School Foundation’s annual Fall Ball, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Highlands County Club in Garrison, will this year fund an ambitious program to transform Haldane classrooms with project-based learning.

The fundraiser will feature a live “crowdfunding” event to promote Hands On Haldane, an initiative to outfit classrooms with technology, engineering tools and mobile furniture and provide professional training for teachers.

HandsOn_logo_v02“Instruction continues to shift to more student-centered and authentic learning experiences,” explained Brent Harrington, principal of Haldane Elementary. “This shift has placed new demands on the physical space in which students learn, calling for classrooms that foster student collaboration and complex problem-solving.”

Flexible seating and clustered areas allow for small-group instruction, presentation and discussion. In turn, the classroom allows teachers to tailor their instruction to individual needs.

The Fall Ball will feature cocktails, fine food, live music and dancing and a silent auction with items such as “Brewer for a Day” with Jeff O’Neil, high school apprenticeships with River Architects, Reality TV Production with Mike Powers and Scanga Woodworking, an Adirondack weekend getaway, Mexican cooking classes from Juanita’s Kitchen, a private garden party from Kismet at Caryn’s and dinner in New York City with Miss USA Olivia Jordan.

Tickets are $150 per person and available at The Highlands County Club is located at 935 Route 9D in Garrison.

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