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Rhinebeck Bank gives Children's Cabinet $30K Challenge Grant

Rhinebeck Bank logo Rhinebeck Bank announced a $30,000 Challenge Grant to help provide interim financing for the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet, co-chaired by PCSD Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

The Cabinet is a coordinating body that brings together decision makers, leaders and community representatives to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Rhinebeck Bank President CEO Michael Quinn proposed the idea, which the bank's board of directors approved unanimously. It is being made in memory of Thomas Wade, a former bank director who died Nov. 4, 2020 at 83. Wade, a Hyde Park resident, had a long and distinguished career in education and community service.

Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet is seeking $60,000 to fund Cabinet staff and community engagement programming for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Recently, the Cabinet shared a "Year in Review" highlighting its work to date, including facilitating partnerships to create WiFi hotspots to help students access the internet, preparing to implement an individualized student support system pilot at Poughkeepsie Middle School and selecting an executive committee and 

Every dollar donated to the campaign from now until Feb. 1 will be matched by Rhinebeck Bank up to the $30,000 maximum.

“We are not surprised by Rhinebeck Bank’s generosity,” said Mayor Rolison. “Under Michael Quinn’s leadership, the bank has taken a keen interest in helping the City of Poughkeepsie and the school district make progress, and we believe the work of the Children’s Cabinet is greatly aiding those efforts.”

Dr. Rosser said, “This grant will help maintain momentum of the Children's Cabinet as we continue to make progress with transforming the Poughkeepsie City School District. The aligned efforts of the Children’s Cabinet and PCSD provides greater opportunity for transformation efforts to have tremendous collective impact on children and families throughout the City of Poughkeepsie.”

“Rhinebeck Bank believes in the City of Poughkeepsie and the Poughkeepsie City School District. The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet is an innovative experiment in community engagement and seeks to help children and families from cradle to career,” Quinn said. “A community succeeds when its schools succeed, and Rhinebeck Bank encourages everyone to invest in our schools and students."

The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet is being aided in its work by an expert team from Harvard University and last year became only the tenth community in the country invited to join the By All Means initiative run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab.

Contributions can be made to the “City of Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet Technical Assistance Fund” at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

For more about the Cabinet, visit