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April 24th, 2013

Grant helps fund Hudson Valley study at Randolph

Teachers Evan Miklos and Valerie Foster-Adam guide a group of students on a walking tour to explore the brick ruins of an old building near the Randolph School.

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The Randolph School has made the study of the Hudson Valley part of their curriculum for many years. This year they are delighted to have received a Fund for Excellence in Education grant from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to aid them in this endeavor!

The Hudson Valley study will focus specifically on building and architecture and Hudson Valley brick works. Students will examine the role of bricks in the history of the valley, both in terms of actual buildings and in terms of the numerous brick works that existed within the Hudson Valley.

Historically, bricks from the Hudson Valley were exported to New York City as well as used for building in the valley. Students will visit sites of former brick works, such as Dennings Point and have already begun walking tours of local buildings made from these bricks. They will design and build their own brick buildings using architectural tools and table top building bricks and ultimately, share their buildings with the other students in the school. Photographic records of both the buildings they build and the buildings they visit will also be kept and shared.

Students will process what they are learning in a new modality through drawing and construction. Because they will work with material that closely replicates those used in actual buildings, the hope is that this work will feel more authentic to students. They will partner with each other to create an architectural plan and then construct the buildings they have designed using brick blocks from Ankerstein stone building sets.

The Randolph School curriculum is built on long-standing traditions as well as student interests and explores different subject matter in a multi-disciplinary manner. Our progressive, hands-on approach to learning incorporates multi-age groupings, a commitment to diversity, a passion for the arts and the natural environment and an emphasis on making meaningful connections with our community. Our mission is to encourage the development of a lifelong love of learning in every child.

For more information please call or email Karen Teich at 297-5600 or

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  • Sonja
  • May 15th, 2013 My own children attended the Randolph School in the 70's and 80's and I am thrilled to see that experiential learning is not only alive and well, but thriving at the Randolph School.

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