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Ross School

A fund-raiser to benefit MADRE, a human rights organization working to protect children from those who would have them serve as soldiers in Colombia, will be held on Friday, December 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Ross School’s Center for Well Being Café. Organized by Ross School 12th-grader Ingrid Cardona of East Hampton as her senior project, the evening will feature a dinner with ethnic food from Colombia, music by deejay Double S (Samuel Santiago), a raffle, and a variety of special silent auction items.

Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call (631) 413-2420.

Three Ross High School students performed for the holiday gathering at the LongHouse Reserve this weekend. Ninth-grader WuQing Hipsh and 11th-grader Patricia Milligan each played solos on the violin. Tenth-grader Shanna Polley sang and played the guitar for a song she composed titled “Northern Walls.” She also sang the Joni Mitchell song, “River,” accompanying herself on the dulcimer.

Ross 11th-grader Joseph Saunders has drawings in “America,” a group show at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton. Joseph is showing a series of miniature portraits, taken from a book of photographs of 19th century criminals. This is Joe’s first gallery exhibition; his whole series of drawings sold out opening night. The exhibition remains on view through January 12.

Stella Maris

The middle school students brought in foods from their heritage cookbooks. This was a part of their math projects dealing with fractions. Fourth-graders have been honing their academic skills while helping the United Nations send rice to help feed the poor. The website,, encourages learning and rewards the students with grains of rice. The class is happy to say that they are averaging several thousand grains a day.

The fifth grade is halfway through their virtual journey through Africa with reading “The White Giraffe,” a book about a young girl living a new life on a game reserve in southern Africa. The fifth-graders are also completing their book reports on Newbery Award-winning books that will be displayed in the school for the month of December.

The winter after-school activity offerings at Stella Maris have been announced and include new programs like yoga, tap dancing and exercise ball. Call the school for more information at 725-2525.

Stella Maris will hold its annual Christmas and Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attractions also include pictures with Santa, free gift wrapping and a “Coffee Café.” All local artists, craftsmen and businesses are invited to be a part of the fair. Call Kelly Bailey at (631) 806-5375 for details.

The winners of the Stella Maris Regional School’s grand raffle, held November 22 at the school, were as follows: Grand prize, $10,000, George Boden; second prize, $3,000, Emily O’Sullivan; third prize, $2,000, Harold Escobar; fourth prize, $1,500, Roy L. Wines III; fifth prize, $1,000, John and Erin Ferguson; seller of the winning ticket, $500, Jim McNamara; seller of the most raffle tickets, $500, Cindy Tuma.

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