First published in the May 5 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The Hillside School and Learning Center held its annual wine-tasting fundraiser last week.
It featured founder of Hillside, Bob Dannenhold, who shared the history of the school from its beginning in 1971. Another special guest of honor was Bob Frank, executive director of Hillside for 39 years until his retirement in June 2020.
Both former directors of Hillside shared the challenges they were up against in education and saw an opportunity to provide a specialized and individualized approach to helping students academically, socially and emotionally.
They spoke about the importance of partnering with local school districts as well as the pediatric, mental health and local communities to provide what students deserve to be successful adults.
This was the first fundraising event to be held in person since the pandemic and the evening was well attended by current and former staff, teachers, board members, alumni families, community members and current parents.
There were several opportunities for all to support Hillside through purchasing wines and accessories, bidding on auction items or making donations.
As a nonprofit, Hillside relies on donations, support from the community and fundraising events.
“It was a very special evening for so many reasons. I felt that everyone who attended shared a common vision and purpose for Hillside, which is invaluable in helping the students of Hillside,” said Cyndi Hatcher, Hillside’s current executive director.