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.
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.
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.
New Public Address System ($23,000):
Our current public address system is limited in its scope and reach. We need to expand the system to reach all areas of the school, both within Tullip Knoll and throughout the grounds of the school property for those times when we make announcements to the entire school community.
Expanding Classroom Libraries ($7,000):
Our classroom libraries are in need of additional Teachers College resources, including teacher planning texts, mentor texts and student texts. Additionally, we are seeking support to expand and complete our leveled libraries in grades 1-5 so our Lower School students have access to the broadest range of reading materials.
Technology for Students ($15,000):
- Harbor's technology curriculum is expanding in the number of students learning coding, as well as the ways in which we are teaching coding. We need to upgrade and increase our supply of materials for student use.
- Robotics Club: Harbor will be adding a robotics club for grades 5-8. To support this expansion, we are seeking funding for additional robotics equipment, access to online coding sources and resources, building materials and training.
Faculty Professional Development ($10,000):
Training opportunities this current year include STEAM and technology conferences, Teachers College Reading and Writing Curriculum and visiting consultants, Singapore math consultant, New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) Administration Retreats, and library and media workshops. Generous support from the Harbor community will enable us to continue this faculty development, deepen our knowledge, and stay at the forefront of best educational practices.