2017 Spring Benefit



No matter where you go around the world, you never forget your favorite Harbor teachers!


We are thrilled to honor and celebrate three amazing Harbor teachers: Mrs. Kathleen Pollina, Mrs. Lynda McKenna and Mrs. Huang-Ernst. Together, these three have inspired more than 1,000 Harbor students with their tenacity, creativity, intelligence and devotion. Let’s join together to pay tribute to these three amazing women, who so wonderfully epitomizes Harbor’s mission to “cherish childhood, cultivate wonder, and inspire confident learners and leaders!”


Spring Benefit FAQs

What is the Spring Benefit?
The Spring Benefit is Harbor’s largest annual fundraising event, organized by the Parents’ and Alumni Associations. The night includes a formal dinner, dancing, open bar, casino tables and auctions. The winning Super Raffle ticket for $10,000 or one year’s free tuition is also drawn at the Benefit.

Who attends?
All of Harbor’s community is invited. Attendees include parents, alumni, trustees, friends, teachers and staff.

What is the Fundraising Component?
Fund-a-Grants, Auctions, Super Raffle

Fund-A-Grants: The Fund-A-Grant auction provides attendees with an opportunity to donate directly to specific school initiatives such as new student iPads, SMART boards and science lab equipment. Bids typically range from $50 to any desired amount.

Auctions: Harbor receives support through live and silent auctions. The silent auction includes beautiful artwork created by students with the help of Mrs. Grass, and a variety of baskets and items donated and/or obtained by the Harbor community. The live auction includes exciting items such as hard-to-get concert tickets and a seat for one student to act as Head of School for a day. Net proceeds fund school activities.

Super Raffle: Proceeds from the sale of Super Raffle tickets fund tuition assistance. Only 500 Super Raffle tickets are sold for a chance to win free tuition for next year or $10,000 cash. The exciting drawing takes place at the Spring Benefit.



Support Fund-a-Grants

Each year, certain departments are invited to come up with a wish list to fund special initiatives, equipment or materials to enhance educational programs and student life at Harbor. This Fund-A-Grant auction provides an opportunity for you to donate directly to this wish list of items and initiatives, such as classroom supplies and books, playground equipment, technology and maker space, and professional development for faculty. Make your contribution now before the auction.


Professional Development: $15,000

We hope to instill a lifelong love of learning in our children: the fact that every Harbor faculty has this lifelong love needs to be supported! This faculty is dedicated beyond measure to provide their best for our children’s best. Harbor students create, imagine, wonder and learn through the inspiration from their teachers. Professional development keeps our teachers current and on the cutting-edge of the best practices in the field. Last year, every lower-school teacher attended week-long workshops over the summer to learn how to best implement the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project goals in their classes. Upper-school teachers benefitted from a two-day workshop about curriculum development. Professional development opportunities like these ignite the imagination of our teachers and give them resources and insights that help them continue to build our dynamic, intellectual environment.

Technology / MakerSpace: $20,000

Technology as an expanding landscape and cutting-edge tool for educating our children is the focus here! In order to stay ahead of the technology curve, we must continue to upgrade our technology to support the school’s growing infrastructural demands, as well as student hardware needs. New iPads with increased memory for technology (grades K-8); Osmo materials (K-4); Dash and Dot robot accessories (2-8), new EV3 robotic equipment, switches, access points, server, and hard wiring for the school will make a tremendous difference in educating and supporting Harbor’s children creativity and wonder!

Classroom Supplies & Leveled Library: $10,000

We are in need of a Spring Rejuvenation in our classrooms! Updating classroom supplies—read aloud books, multicultural costumes, calculators, durable book baggies, building supplies, primary resourceswill allow teachers to have “at their fingertips” the right resources for each child at the exact moment that they need them! The classroom library is a space where comfort, individual learning and exploration are the goals. In order to support our Library of the Millenium and Beyond, we are looking to expand and enhance the leveled reading programs within our classrooms. This research-based structured reading program out of Columbia University optimizes learning for the novice to the expert reader, and promotes exploration and understanding of the world around us!

Playground Blocks & PE Equipment: $10,000

Collaboration, teamwork, health and fitness to support the educational development—all stem from Harbor’s strong athletic and recess programs! The expanding needs of the P.E. department include complete athletics uniforms with shorts and socks for the soccer teams, team benches for home and visiting teams, Project Adventure equipment, yoga mats, gym mats, a foldable balance beam, mini trampolines, two-person parachutes, balance boards, large exercise balls, hurdles and agility ladders. And, finally, wooden blocks made to use in the outdoors! Made from acetylated wood, these Outlast Blocks are a set of interlocking blocks and planks that will allow students’ imaginations to roam boundlessly.

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