Student Scholarship Initiative

Volunteer mentors from 7 districts have stepped forward for the student scholarship initiative.   We’re nearly 1/3 of the way there, since our guild members cover 22 school districts.   Invitation letters will go out this week to those 7 districts.  
The districts are listed below.  The ones with asterisks are districts for whom we already have mentors.  (Note:  if you volunteered for Onteora, please contact me since I didn’t write your name down!).  
Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Germantown, Gilboa-Conesville, Hudson, Hyde Park, Kingston City**, Kingston Catholic**, Margaretville**, Millbrook, New Paltz, Onteora**, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rondout Valley**, Roxbury**, Saugerties**, Sullivan West,  Wappingers, Webetuck, Windham-Ashland-Jewett
Please consider signing up for your district as a mentor.  You would be responsible for connecting with the student, answering any questions they may have about the guild, and forwarding any questions or concerns to me.  Easy job!  Great PR for the guild, and a help for the students.  Email me if you’d like to hop on board. 

Request for help from Holy Sews

My name is Sheila Read ( I have begun a mission called Holy Sews . We meet at St. James United Methodist Church in Kingston. We are in desperate need of a few people who would help us construct bereavement layettes for babies who pass away before their time usually 17 to 25 weeks gestation.  These outfits are given free of any charge to hospitals, funeral homes, or where ever the need might be. They have already been presented to Kingston Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Leahy Funeral Home. I have replenished Northern Dutchess Hospital recently. I am also in contact with Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie and they would also like some layettes.

You can access detailed information on line at and read Regina’s story.  You can contact me at 845-331-7715 or

Thank you for yourtime and consideration
Sheila Read