Rondout Valley Education Foundation


enhancing education and offering opportunity

for the children of the Rondout Valley Central School District


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The RVEF meetings are open to the public. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room at RVCSD's District Office Building, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY 12404
Contact us at
Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2016


Commemorative Brick Walk
Come take a look! 51 bricks have been engraved so far...15 more await engraving in the next group of 20...Will your brick order be included?

Looking for a way to honor or remember a special staff member? Maybe you would like to commemorate a theater production, a championship, your time on a sports team or in band or chorus or a club,or a teacher or booster group that helped you along your way. This is your chance to etch that memory on a brick.
Consider getting a group together to combine resources to make that happen!

The brick walk is located around the base of the flag pole in the student commons area in front of the High School. For more information about the brick walk click the Commemorative Brick Walk link at left.

Foundation Grant Fund:
Current year grants: Foundation Grant applications for $500 or less can be applied for throughout the year two months prior to the date of need. Award determinations will be announced as soon as possible.
Plan ahead for larger grants: Foundation Grant applications over $500 and up to $2000 are accepted from September 1 through April 30 of the current school year for projects/programs planned for the following school year. Award determinations will be announced by the end of the current school year in June, and funding distributed as requested on the application.

The purpose of the Fund is to support grants to students, education providers and/or others that fulfill RVEF’s mission to enhance educational opportunities for the children of the Rondout Valley Central Schools in partnership with the larger community.

Donations made to this fund will be distributed through grants applied for by students, education providers and/or others* following the established grant protocol, application and report procedures for this fund. (Education providers and others must comply with District requirements for interaction with students.) Grant applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Committee.The committee then presents their recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval before awards are announced.

There is a $2000 limit for grants awarded through the Foundation Grant Fund.  Grants that are $500.00 or less can be applied for throughout the current school year and are due two months prior to the date of need. Applications for grants over$500.00 up to $2000.00 are accepted from February 1 through April 30 of the current school year for projects planned for the following school year. Grants awarded are announced prior to the end of the current school year in June, and funding will be distributed prior to the start of the school year in September or at a time mutually agreed upon between the recipient and the RVEF. Foundation Grant information is available by contacting the Foundation at

            * If not a RVCSD employee, be prepared to give a brief presentation of your project/program to the RVEF Board of Directors.

It is in large part through the philanthropic support of alumni,friends and the larger community that the RVEF will be able to achieve its mission. One of our friends and an initial supporter of the Foundation is Richard Murphy, owner of the Egg's Nest Restaurant in High Falls. We celebrate that his donation of $26,000 has increased the community's awareness of the Foundation and the role it can it can play and that it invites each of us to find a way to play a role in enhancing education and offering opportunities that will enrich our students and therefore our community.With this kind of support the Foundation will be able to assist students and educators when they face an area of educational need and will allow the Foundation to invest funds to insure future needs will be met.
Further information can be found via the Funding link at left.


The Farm to School Fund:
A recent article about the Farm to School Fund was published in the Kingston Daily Freeman. You can view the article here.

This fund was established to foster a stronger and more tangible connection between the food children eat at school and local farms!

As with many of the funds that the Foundation manages, the idea for this fund came from someone in the community who saw a need that could be met through the cooperation of and collaboration with the whole community. Breanna Costello's idea for this fund is rooted in her dedication to the well being of children,especially those in this school district, and to the community that serves them. 
The purpose of this Fund is to nourish our children, support our farmers, and strengthen our community.100% of designated donations to this fund will be used to purchase food from Rondout Valley Growers for the Rondout Valley Central School District Food Service Program.
Click on the Funding link at left where you'll find the donation form for this or other funds managed by the RVEF.  Contributions to this fund are tax deductible under IRS 501(c)(3) rules.


The Rondout Valley Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) Charitable organization incorporated in November of 2005 for the purpose of enhancing educational opportunities for current and future students of the Rondout Valley Central School District by way of gifts, grants and other financial assistance.

What we do:

  • We partner with school related groups to collect, manage and disburse funds for school related educational activities and projects
  • We offer grants. Students, teachers and education providers can apply for funding in the form of grants for educational purposes not covered by the regular school budget. We review grant requests, according to protocol, as they are received.
  • RVEF grants that have been awarded include:
    • Supplemental field trip funding
    • KES after school literacy project
    • Rhinebeck Performing Arts performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for 7th & 8th grade students
    • Little Ones Library for a Nature Presentation,
    • Stone Ridge Nursery School for a listening Center,
    • Carol Brown's third grade classroom at Marbletown Elementary for a portable PA system,
    • Barbara Davenport's Seventh grade classroom at the Junior High School for a Diversity program.
    • The Intermediate School’s Fireboat John J. Harvey Museum Project
    • Science Research Grants for students in the program.
  • We accept tax deductible donations that can be designated to one or more of the specific educational program, project or group funds; or to the Foundation’s general operating fund.
  • We can apply for alternative funding through educational grant opportunities that are not available for public schools to apply for.
  • We collaborated with the Rondout Valley Business Association to develop the Leadership Institute at the High School.

 What the RVEF needs:

  • Active members to increase and diversify their Board of Directors.
  • The services of an experienced Executive Director.

Education Foundations can be very powerful tools for Districts as they strive to maintain a high standard of excellence for the education, well being and safety of their students.

Hudson Valley Gives
We were excited to be a part of the first ever #HVGives
 It’s a countywide day for us to celebrate all the good going on in our great community
 on May 18th. We hope to participate in the next HVGives event as well.


Education Foundations have historically been an integral part of many successful colleges and universities. They fund programs and facilities that maintain their school's high standards. Within the current political and economic climate, public education is at a pivotal pointof survival and this same model is now being used nation-wide in support of public schools as well.     We are actively seeking community members who understand the benefits that a Foundation can bring to a school district and who are interested in participating on the Board of Directors. Together we can realize the potential that this Foundation has to make a difference for our students and our district.     The RVEF Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in Rondout Valley Central School's District Office conference room, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY 12404. Contact us at if you would like more information.

For a review of how the RVEF has been working within the school community since it was established click on the Information Update link at left.