Recent Programs

  • Broadway play Of Mice and Men starring James Franco for sophomores and juniors
  • Adirondack chair construction project for high school students (shown above)
  • Five-day Classroom at Sea Schooner Trip for seventh graders*
  • Young American Playwrights Program (YAWP) with Stony Brook University’s creative writing specialists for seventh graders*
  • Final dress rehearsal performance of La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera
  • Broadway Trip to see Cinderella for students who excel in music*
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Trip to Lincoln Center for eighth graders*
  • “Writes” of Spring retreat at Mashomack Preserve for tenth graders
  • New York University and St. John’s University campus visits for high school students
  • Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom for high school students
  • Shelter Island School Sailing Club for middle and high school students*
  • 2Rs4fun writing program led by community mentors for elementary students in partnership with the Shelter Island Library*
  • Battle of the Books reading program for high school students in partnership with the Shelter Island Library
  • East End Maritime Institute Peconic Bay Summer Science Program*

Recent Grants

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory’s hands-on exploration lab for eighth grade Earth Science students
  • The Retreat’s “Safe Dates” workshop series for tenth graders
  • People-to-People Student Ambassador Program in Australia for one student
  • Time Travelers Camp for children ages 6-12 in partnership with the Shelter Island Historical Society
  • Ethno-musicology program for once student at Cuba’s Academia Nacional de Ballet (shown above)
  • Nine new sewing machines for Home and Careers students
  • Marine mammal preservation and rescue workshops for high school science students in partnership with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation
  • Trip to Australia for one student to play volleyball for Down Under Sports
  • National Youth Leadership Forum “Careers in National Security, Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense” in Washington, D.C. for one student
  • Embry-Riddle Flight School course in Florida for a middle school student (shown above)

* Annual Programs


If you are interested in underwriting a certain program, let’s talk! Please contact our president JoAnn Kirkland at