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The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the love of reading in children by providing educators with the means to improve their students' reading ability.

Created in 2005 as a branch of The Carmel Hill Fund - a private foundation established by Mr. William Ruane in 1986 that supports social service, mental health, and education initiatives - The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program strives to improve the quality of education for disadvantaged youth in New York City and beyond.


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Aug 15

SIG Section

Our SIG section has been redesigned! Have a look.

Jun 28

Summer Break Summer

School is officially out! Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

May 26

Six Flags

Photos from our SIG Trip to Six Flags Great Adventure have been added to our Events page. Students had a blast!

May 18

Upcoming Events

Three upcoming events have been added to our Events section!

May 3

Thank a Teacher

Happy "Teachers' Day" from The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program! "Teacher Appreciation Week" started yesterday. Don't forget to thank a teacher!

Apr 11

Thank You

The last of our "SIG Health & Wellness" sessions was held on Saturday. A big thank you to Dr. Grace & Ms. Paul - all three sessions were a success!

Feb 22

SIG Events

Dates for our "SIG Health & Wellness Sessions" are up! For more information about the event, click here.

On another note: Welcome back, teachers and students!

Feb 14

Winter Break Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Enjoy your Winter Break.

Jan 27

Thank you

Our "SIG Meet & Greet" was a success! Click here to read about it and view our photos.

Jan 4

Hello 2016 Happy New Year

Welcome back, teachers and students! Happy New Year!

Just a little reminder to those eligible for the Summer 2016 SIG program:
Our "SIG Meet & Greet" is next Friday, January 15th. Did you RSVP?

2015


Dec 9

2016 Events Happy Holidays

Since the new year is almost upon us, our Events page has been switched to 2016.

On another note: Happy Holidays, everyone!

Sep 17

Thank you!

Thank you to all who attended the "STAR & AR Professional Development" today! And an even bigger THANK YOU to Mr. Pantelidis and his team at PS 171 for putting it together. It was a success!

Sep 9

Welcome Back! Welcome Back

Today was the first day of school for many New Yorkers. We wish everyone a great first day and a wonderful school year!

On another note: Information regarding the upcoming STAR & AR Professional Development can now be found on our Events page.

Aug 13

Library Opening

During the 2014-2015 school year, PS 8 Luis Belliard was selected for our School Library Renovation Project. On June 5th, their new library was opened! You can view the full event gallery on our Libraries page: Library Openings.

Jun 26

School's Out! School's Out

Today was the last day of school for many New Yorkers. We congratulate all graduates and wish everyone a great summer. See you next year!

Jun 16

Hershey Park

A group photo from Vassar's trip to Hershey Park has been added to our Amusement Park slide show. View it here.

Jun 10

Dorney Park

SIG students had a blast on their Amusement Park trips this year! You can view photos of Yale's trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom here.

Jun 9

Health & Wellness

The "SIG Health & Wellness" section on our events page has been updated (with photos)! Check it out here.

Apr 30

Hello Spring Magnolia Tree

Spring has finally sprung here at Carmel Hill! Our magnolia tree is in bloom.


In other news:

Keep an eye on our Events page. It will soon be updated to include
information regarding our upcoming SIG Amusement Park trips.

Apr 2

Health & Wellness

Just a little thank you to those who attended the first "SIG Health & Wellness" session on March 21st. Here's hoping our second session (to be held on April 11th) is just as successful!

Spring Break begins tomorrow! Enjoy your time off, everyone.

Mar 14

Pi Day

Happy "Super" Pi (Pi Symbol) Day! It only comes once a century... 3.14.15, 9:26:53.

Mar 2

RTM Total

Good morning, readers. The final total of books read during Renaissance Learning's "Read the Most Coast to Coast" was (drumroll, please) 4,173,153!

Feb 23

RTM Reminder

Just a little reminder that "Read the Most Coast to Coast" is this Friday!

Feb 13

100 Days of School 100 Bookmarks

100 Carmel Hill Fund Education Program bookmarks in honor of "100 Days of School."

Feb 3

Read the Most Coast to Coast

Renaissance Learning's 4th Annual "Read the Most Coast to Coast" challenge is only 23 days away! Friday, February 27th, 2015. This year's motto: "The more kids read, the farther they'll go!"

Still need to register? You can do so at Read the Most Coast to Coast. Remember, registering enters you in weekly drawings for prizes.

Jan 22

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our "SIG Meet & Greet" last Tuesday - It was a success! Thank you also to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for hosting, The Corner Social for catering, to SIG student, Isaac Yearwood, for sharing his experiences, and to Jacqueline Paul for speaking on behalf of her team leader, Dr. Cynthia Grace.

SIG Students

Jan 5

Hello 2015 Happy New Year

Welcome back, teachers and students!

Just a little reminder to those eligible for the Summer 2015 SIG program:
Our "SIG Meet & Greet" is next Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00 PM.
Did you RSVP?

2014


Dec 16

Happy Holidays Happy Holidays

The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program would like to wish everyone very Happy Holidays!

Sep 25

Monroe's Libraries

Our appreciation of school libraries does not end in New York City - take a look at some of the libraries in our Monroe, Louisiana sister project!

Sep 17

Library Openings

Our Libraries section has been updated! It now includes a full gallery of the newly renovated libraries that were launched back in June. Take a look!

Sep 4

Welcome Back Welcome Back

The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program would like to wish all students and staff a great 1st day!

Jun 23

Library Openings Library Collage

Earlier this month The Carmel Hill Fund Education Program launched two newly renovated school libraries as part of our Library Project...

PS 36 was opened on Tuesday, June 3rd (middle and bottom photos) and

PS 72 was opened on Friday, June 6th (top photo).

More information about the project is soon to come!

Jun 10

Amusement Parks

In addition to the "Chloe the Yogi" Health and Wellness Sessions, this year's SIG students were invited on a day trip to an amusement park. On May 31st selected students were taken to Six Flags Great Adventure and on June 7th selected students were taken to Hershey Park. Both trips were a blast! Click here for photos.

Apr 23

SIG Yoga

Our final SIG "Chloe the Yogi" Health & Wellness session was last Saturday. A BIG thank you to Lara Land of Land Yoga and to everyone else who made the event a success!

To view photos and read more about the event, click here.

Mar 10

Congratulations!

Congratulations We would like to congratulate the educators in our New York City Project that have earned the achievement of Accelerated Reader Master Classroom!

In addition, we would like to send an extra congratulations to the following MASTER SCHOOLS:

St. Paul School ~ Principal: Joseph Muscente
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary ~ Principal: Suzanne Kaszynski
PS 154 - Harriet Tubman ~ Principal: Elizabeth Jarrett

Mar 7

Final Quiz Count

Take a look at the "Read the Most from Coast to Coast" section of our Events page for an update on last Friday's nationwide challenge! Students from our New York City and Monroe, Louisiana projects excitedly participted.

On another note: Just a little reminder to our SIG students that the "Chloe the Yogi" Health & Wellness Sessions will begin this month. Check your flyers for details!

Feb 24

Strive for Five

Renaissance Learning's "Read the Most from Coast to Coast" nationwide challenge is this Friday, February 28! Are you excited?

Feb 14

100 Days of School

100 books in honor of "100 Days of School" this Valentine's Day.

100 Books

Jan 16

Happy New Year

Congratulations We would like to congratulate the educators in our New York City Project that have earned the achievement of Accelerated Reader Model Classroom!

In addition, we would like to send an extra congratulations to the following MODEL SCHOOLS:

St. Paul School ~ Principal: Joseph Muscente
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary ~ Principal: Suzanne Kaszynski
PS 154 - Harriet Tubman ~ Principal: Elizabeth Jarrett
PS 036 - Margaret Douglas ~ Principal: Heather Jn Baptist

2013


Dec 19

Happy Holidays

Less than two weeks left until the new year - Happy Holidays from the Carmel Hill Fund Education Program!

Dec 18

Thank You

Thank you to all who attended our "SIG Meet & Greet" yesterday evening despite inclement weather… It was a success! Thank you also to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for hosting, The Corner Social for catering, and to Lara Land of Land Yoga for speaking.

SIG Students

Dec 13

SIG Meet & Greet

Just a little reminder to those eligible for the Summer 2014 SIG program: Our "SIG Meet & Greet" is next Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 PM. Did you RSVP?

Dec 2

Read the Most From Coast to Coast

Renaissance Learning's next "Read the Most from Coast to Coast" nationwide challenge has been set for February 28, 2014!

To register (and learn more about the event) visit www.renaissancelearning.com/read-the-most

Nov 15

SIG Meet & Greet

SIG Meet & Greet

Invitations to our SIG Meet & Greet are being distributed. Please let your eligible students know that they must RSVP in order to attend. We hope to see them there!

To learn more about the event, click here.

Nov 1

New Orleans Collage

New Orleans Book Launch

Our sister project's New Orleans Book Launch was a success!

First, Peter headed down to Monroe, LA to celebrate the release of "PS 13" with the two winning authors from Sallie Humble School. Then it was off to New Orleans, where he presented at Lusher Charter School and Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School.

To view photos and read more about both the New York and Louisiana book launch, click here.


On another note: All SIG Recommendation Forms are due today.

Oct 21

SIG Due Date

Just a little reminder to our NYC Principals: Did you receive a SIG packet this year? If so, please remember that all Recommendation Forms are due Friday, November 1st.

On another note, Peter ended the New York Book Launch last Friday with contest winners at CS 152. Next stop: New Orleans, LA!

Oct 15

Elianny Collage

The Launch Continues...

Peter J. Murray ended his first week of school visits at PS 208 last Friday, with the help of talented young author, Elianny C. Her winning short story, "Missing Sophie," is # 2 in "PS 13!" When presented with a poster and multiple copies of the book, Elianny was cheered on by students, staff, and her very proud mother. The day was incredibly special all around.

(Photos of the Book Launch will continuously be added here.)

Oct 7

Mokee Joe 5 and PS 13

New York Book Launch!

Peter J. Murray is back in town, starting his New York Book Launch this morning at one of our schools! He will be making school visits throughout the month of October before heading to Louisiana to start his New Orleans Book Launch. Here is a 1st look at the book covers for two of his new releases...

For more information about Peter's visit (and his new releases), click here.

Oct 1

Write Path

Yesterday was the start of this year's "Write Path" - an international writing project that travels across the globe. Schools from both our New York City and Louisiana projects participate each October. For more information about the event, click here.


Sep 30

Mokee Joe is Coming...

October is almost here! Click to read about our Peter J. Murray upcoming events.

Sep 24

Thank You

Thank You!!

Thank you to everyone who attended our In-Service Opportunities from Carmel Hill on the 16th and 23rd.

Thank you also to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for their accommodations and to the Corner Social for always catering such delicious meals.

Sep 19

RSVP Extension

To our participating NYC schools: We have extended the deadline to sign up for our In-Service Opportunities from Carmel Hill next Monday. Just RSVP to the e-mail address listed on your flyers (please remember to include sessions and times).

Sep 11

RSVP Reminder

Just a little reminder to our participating NYC schools: Today is the deadline to RSVP for In-Service Opportunities from Carmel Hill. See you there!

Sep 9

Welcome Back

Today marks the beginning of the new school year for many public schools here in New York. We welcome everyone back and wish them a great 1st day!

On another note, two upcoming events have been added to our Events page. Check them out:

Jun 26

Summer Vacation

Today was the last day of school for many New Yorkers. We congratulate all graduates and wish everyone a great summer. See you next year!

May 21

Photos Added

Photos from our SIG trip to Washington, D.C. have been added! To read about the event, visit our Events page and click "5.2013 SIG Day Trips."

Jun 5

Multimedia Added!

Photos and a video from the following events have been added - check them out...

May 21

Photos Added

Photos from our SIG trip to Washington, D.C. have been added! To read about the event, visit our Events page and click "5.2013 SIG Day Trips."

May 13

Contest Winners

Congratulations authors and illustrators! Peter J. Murray and the Carmel Hill Fund Education Program have selected 12 "'Spooky' Short Story Contest" winners. Their work will be published in a book of 13 short stories - the 13th story has been written by Mr. Murray especially for inclusion in the book.

Winners will be treated to a "spooky" luncheon with Peter J. Murray himself, at Jekyll & Hyde Club Restaurant on May 30th.

The new book is expected to be released late this summer.

For more information about the contest, visit our 2012 Events page.

Winners:

"Moonstruck" / Authors: Ricardo A. & Istar M. / Ms. Benko - Democracy Prep Charter
"Missing Sophie" / Author: Elianny C. / Ms. Cornelius - PS 208
"Fugan" / Author: Devin P. / Ms. Williams - King' Collegiate Charter
"The Haunted Cabin" / Author: Andrea M. / Ms. Thanos - CS 152
"The Intruder" / Author: Destiny R. / Illustrator: Naehilee B. / Mr. Salerno - CS 152
"The Graveyard" / Author: Jayla B. / Ms. Browne - PS 36
"George" / Author: Adriana H. / Ms. Wilson - PS 4
"The Headless Dog" / Author: Ryan R. / Ms. Woods - Harlem Academy
"The Dolls" / Author: Jose M. / Ms. Woods - Harlem Academy
"The Ghost That Took My Brother" / Author: Jean R. / Ms. Rey - PS 72
"The Horror of Black Skull Bayou" / Author: Mikayla B. / Ms. Sampognaro - Sallie Humble School, Monroe
"Under My Bed" / Author: Alyssa C. / Ms. Sampognaro - Sallie Humble School, Monroe

Apr 30

Peter's Back!

Author Peter J. Murray is back in town!

And we have a brand new poster featuring characters from "Mokee Joe: Mutant Resurrection" (the 4th book in his "Mokee Joe" series)...

Peter visited his first two schools yesterday and will be making visits to many of our other schools until the end of May. Students are excited. His time here is bound to be fun!

Apr 25

STAR App

Renaissance Learning, Inc. has released a STAR™ app! With this new app, students will now be able to take all STAR Enterprise assessments (STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading Spanish, and STAR Math) on Apple's iPad®. Just search "Renaissance Learning" at the App Store.

Apr 5

SIG Events

Upcoming SIG events have been added to our Events Timeline.

Mar 8

Master Certification

We would like to congratulate the 165 teachers in our New York City Project that have earned the achievement of Accelerated Reader Master Classroom!

In addition, we would like to send an extra congratulations to the following MASTER SCHOOLS:

St. Paul School ~ Principal: Charles Celauro
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary ~ Principal: Suzanne Kaszynski
Harlem Academy ~ Principal: Vincent Dotoli
PS 036 - Margaret Douglas ~ Principal: Heather Jn Baptist
PS 129 - John H. Finley ~ Principal: Odelphia Pierre

Mar 5

New Videos

Peter J. Murray's page now includes an interview and a video of him reading Chapter 1 of "Mokee Joe is Coming" for Renaissance Learning (UK)'s Read to a Million Kids. Check it out!

Mar 4

Record Broken

Readers broke the Read The Most From Coast To Coast record of 3,581,992 quizzes last Friday with a new nationwide record of 4,409,622 quizzes! For more information, visit our Events page.

Feb 28

Book Readings

In the spirit of tomorrow's challege, people from Monroe City Schools recorded themselves reading books. To hear their stories (which include some of Dr. Seuss' titles), visit the Read the Most From Coast to Coast section of www.mcschools.net.

Feb 27

Read The Most From Coast To Coast

On March 1st, Renaissance Learning, Inc. will be holding a nationwide challenge called Read the Most From Coast to Coast. The challenge is for K–12 students to break the total number of Accelerated Reader quizzes taken on one day. This year, the new record to top is an incredible 3,581,992 quizzes!

Students from our Monroe and New York City schools will be participating.

Check out the promo video from our staff at the Carmel Hill Fund Education Program ~ Monroe: wmv | mp4

Feb 22

Model Certification

We would like to congratulate the 198 teachers in our New York City Project that have earned the achievement of Accelerated Reader Model Classroom!

In addition, we would like to send an extra congratulations to the following MODEL SCHOOLS:

St. Paul School ~ Principal: Charles Celauro
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary ~ Principal: Suzanne Kaszynski
Harlem Academy ~ Principal: Vincent Dotoli
PS 036 - Margaret Douglas ~ Principal: Heather Jn Baptist
PS 129 - John H. Finley ~ Principal: Odelphia Pierre