Not just any Spaghetti dinner – It’s the Chancellor Livingston Elementary School 5th Grade Whale Watch Fundraiser! December 7th, 2013

The Fifth Graders at Chancellor Livingston Elementary  School are embarking on a wonderful adventure in June of 2014: The Fifth Grade Whale Watch Trip. This trip has become a mainstay in the Rhinebeck fifth grade curriculum. The students will have a three-day adventure in Cape Cod, which will allow them to learn about the importance of our oceans’ ecosystems and the wildlife in their habitats. The high-point of the trip for the students is boarding an ocean-going vessel to see first-hand the patterns of migrating whales. As you can imagine, this trip, and the lessons learned on it, make a significant and lasting impression on all of the students – and that is something that can’t be taught in a classroom.

Photo credit:  Colleen Cruikshank

Photo credit: Colleen Cruikshank

To help offset the costs associated with such a trip, the fifth graders will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the Messiah Hall, 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. The students help with everything from advance ticket sales, marketing, to kitchen duties, serving the meals, and bussing the tables. It is a wonderful community event and everyone is invited to participate. The cost is just $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12. The meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and soft drinks. This year TO GO meals are being offered at $25 with advance payment only. It is a bucket of spaghetti & meatballs, salad and bread for a family of four.

For more information and to make reservations, please contact Laura Schulkind at or (845) 876-8253.