Author Patricia Polacco visits Washington Drive

“Unforgettable special moment as a teacher and book lover. Meeting Patricia Polacco, listening to her amazing ability to tell a story, and hearing her story of the teacher who changed her life was inspirations for sure. Lucky to love my job and children’s literature on a day like today!” ~ Kristen Santigao, WDPS School Teacher. This author visit was made possible through a grant from HACEF.    

HACEF Provides Grant for GaGa Pit at TJL

“On behalf of the TJL PE Department (Andrew Abreu, Christine Collins, Dennis Harmon, Michele Turchiano) we would like to thank you and the booster club for our Gaga PIt from the HACEF Grant this fall.  As you can see we have already put it to good use and it  will be utilized throughout the year.  Thank you for all the support you show the faculty here at Harborfields and for allowing us the ability to step outside the box and to try things that normally we couldn’t do because of financial restraints.” ~Michelle Turchiano

HACEF Presented with Proclamation

During the HACEF Mardi Gras Gala on March 1, 2019,  Co-Presidents Karin Fey and Eric Gerde were presented with a proclamation from Dr. William Spencer of the 18th Legislative District of Suffolk County, in recognition of the organization’s commitment to the Harborfields School District and community. Thank you, Dr. William Spencer for your wonderful support of our mission!

Dear HACEF

Isabella Musa, a fifth grade student, in Mrs. Nardelli’s and Mrs. O’Toole’s  thanks HACEF for its grant of flexible classroom seating.

HACEF’s Mardi Gras Gala a Huge Success

On March 1, 2019 HACEF hosted its second Mardi Gras Gala  to benefit Innovation, Technology, and the Arts in Harborfields School District. The event honored the Spirit of Service Award recipients: Dan Bilawsky and Allison Scilla Arts Advocacy Award Jimmy Pastorelli and Pete Pastorelli Community Partnership Award Susan Turrini and Augustino Rettino Educational Advocacy Award Kim Cagnazzi and Ellen Rieger “It Takes a Village” Distinguished Service Award Pete Iovino Making “IT” Happen Award The evening was a resounding success and a wonderful time was had by all who attended. To learn more about about the Gala and view photos of the event, visit…

A Crazy and Fun Night at the Annual Kid’s Night Out

It was a crazy and fun time at the annual HACEF and HHS PTSA Kid’s Night Out last night! Such a great event as it brings together our High School students with our littlest students in Harborfields for some craft-making, game-playing, hula hooping, water-bottle flipping, ping ponging, and Simon-Says-ing! As with all HACEF events and programs, ALL proceeds made go right back to our students and schools in the form of scholarships and grants. Thank you to all our Harborfields High Schoolers for their time, patience, and creativity!  

Let the Making begin!

HACEF is feeling proud today to be involved in something so amazing! It’s not everyday that New York State Regent Tilles visits Harborfields School District… But today was that day. WDPS was proud to present the ribbon-cutting on the opening of their brand new Markerspace, made possible with funds from HACEF. Our children will problem-solve, play, and explore with hands-on STEAM tools and gadgets like never before. This amazing, creative vision was a true collaborative effort with Harborfields administration, Mrs. McNally, Mrs. Fallon, art and music educators, teachers, and custodial staff. Let the Making begin!

HACEF is Feeling Wicked!

HACEF was proud to participate in and help sponsor the 2nd Annual Greenlawn Community Day! A beautiful day of fun and inclusion for our entire community. Congratulations to the Greenlawn Civic Association for organizing such a fantastic event!

Board of Education Honors HACEF

HACEF presidents Eric Gerde and Karin Fey were honored by the Harborfields Central School District Board of Education on June 20, 2018 in recognition of their outstanding commitment and dedication to the students of Harborfields. HACEF has awarded more than $150,000 in grants back to our schools and students in just two years, thanks in large measure to the huge growth and success of the HACEF Summer Camp program. Congratulations to Eric & Karin!