News & Events

(Manhasset, NY) [current-date:long]


December, 2018

Dear Friends:

For 50 years, Adventures in Learning has provided after-school programs for the underserved children in our Manhasset community by offering a safe environment in which their academic performance and life skills can be developed and supported. Virtually all of our 70 public school children have one or two working parents, yet 90% of them live at or below the poverty line. Without Adventures, many of these elementary school children would return from school to empty homes with no one to help with their homework. Adventures provides academic and enrichment programs together with a caring and safe environment, producing dramatic results:

• Over 75% of our students graduate from high school and 90% of those go on to college
• Reading improvement – 6 month to 2 year increase
• Increased math proficiency on all grade levels
• Summer camp scholarships offered to 95 students

We are writing to you because we NEED YOUR HELP! While Adventures works in cooperation with the Manhasset Public Schools, we receive NO funding from the District. Our programs are dependent on YOUR contribution. This year, a long-time supporter of Adventures has generously provided an ANNUAL FUND CHALLENGE. They have agreed to match all donations received by midnight on January 31, 2019 up to $100,000 – so your donation will be doubled! Please consider helping Adventures in its critical Annual Fund Appeal by becoming a sponsor at one of the following levels:

• Platinum $10,000 – annual fund star contributor
• Gold $5,000 – sponsor a child for a full year
• Silver $2,500 – support teacher salary for a year
• Benefactor $1,000 – support classroom supplies for a year
• Friend $500 – support enrichment programs
• Donor $10 – $499 – help provide nourishing snacks

All gifts, large and small are welcomed and needed. Remember, 100% of your donation is tax deductible, and if you donate by the end of the year, the power of your gift will be doubled! Adventures in Learning is right in our backyard and is a charity where your support will make a significant difference in a deserving child’s life.

With many thanks,

William C. Collard

Adventures in Learning Board of Directors and Annual Fund Committee

William Collard, President Suzy Alpert Francisco Diaz Prinston Palmer
Dee Conway, Vice President Carlton Brown Karen Ferby-Guy Connie Parsons
John Jeffrey, Treasurer Vincent Chiarucci Mary Fran Jeffrey Clare Peters
Robert Schaffrath, Secretary Brett Coppens Rose Lavelle Michael Ryan
Diana Holden, Executive Director Ellen Coughlin Mary McGorry Traci Viklund

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY) [current-date:long]

The New York Sportscene Children’s Foundation

Presents a Holiday Party


Head Start and Adventures in Learning

Students Only

Friday December 7th 

 3:30pm - 6:00pm


Please put your child’s name on the sign-up sheet in the Angel Room and we will notify the bus company

 Dismissal is at 6 pm PROMPTLY- Please

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY)


65 High Street

                                                                                                                   Manhasset, NY 11030


                                                                                                                      PRESS RELEASE

                                                                           ADVENTURES IN LEARNING’S LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE




Manhasset, NY (February 5, 2018) – Adventures in Learning will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, March 2nd at its Annual Fundraiser to be held at the Village Club of Sands Point.  The building where its after school program is held is an important part of Manhasset history.  Originally known as “the little red schoolhouse”, it later became the Manhasset Valley School and more recently was renamed the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC. Adventures occupies the third floor.

More recently, the EOC Board of Directors recognized the commitment of the late philanthropists, Horace and Amy Hagedorn to the “little red schoolhouse” and renamed the building after them. They had generously financed needed renovations to the building, including the gymnasium and other facilities. Fortunately, the “little red school house” building and its grounds have been preserved.

Historically, the Manhasset School District was first established in the early 1800s. Until 1929, almost all Manhasset elementary school children attended the Plandome Road School which was located at what is now Mary Jane Davies Park.  Munsey Park and Plandome villages had not been developed until the 1920s, during the Gold Coast era of estates construction. 

Construction and sustainability of these mansions depended upon a skilled work force of laborers, cooks, domestics, gardeners, butlers and construction crews.  Until the “little red school house” was built, the children of this labor force attended school in a rented store front in Manhasset.

After the Manhasset Valley School was built, the children moved from the store front to the new elementary school.  However, it ceased operating as a public school in 1965.  Its students were then placed in Shelter Rock or Munsey Park elementary schools.

Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures in Learning, noted, “The students are very fortunate to attend an after school homework program in a building that has such a fascinating history.  I believe that this in itself adds historical context to their lives.”

Founded nearly 50 years ago by the Congregational Church in Manhasset, Adventures in Learning is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.


For further information, contact:

            Diana Holden:  516-767-9235

            Eleanor Lange:  516-627-1818

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818


Concert for Charity

Congregational Church June 8th

The Wineskins draw from the deep literary and musical influences that have shaped the band’s sound. From Jim Harrison and Larry Brown, to Bread and Fleetwood Mac. Having grown up in Mississippi, songwriters W. Keith Moore and Jeff Gordon have created a wealth of material born from the darkness and light of the world they live in. Moore and Gordon wrestle with their spirituality, and offer an honest take on the struggle. The Wineskins are dedicated to creating musical experiences that stay with you, with lyrics and melodies that are haunting and memorable. Take a walk with these storytellers.

Contact Info: 

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818