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Annual Fund

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In 1921, Elisabeth Irwin founded the Little Red School House as a progressive community with a spirit of curiosity, creativity and challenge. During the Depression, the New York City Board of Education could not afford to keep the school open. Parents stepped in and pledged their own resources, establishing the Little Red School House as a vibrant independent school. For more than 90 years, LREI has remained faithful to the spirit of both its founder and those parents who generously gave their time, talent and assets to make our a school an educational leader. Each year, over 800 LREI community members —parents, trustees, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends— make gifts to 
The Fund for LREI, the new name of the Annual Fund.

LREI relies on The Fund for LREI to support the costs of offering a remarkable educational experience. The Four Cs, defined by LREI's stellar faculty, inform our work with all students, preK-12. These four attributes develop along with our students as they move through the school and represent all that we hope for them as future LREI alumni. By supporting The Fund for LREI, you are supporting the Four Cs in all three divisions. Here are just a few examples of the Four Cs in action at LREI:
  • First Grade restaurant
  • Third Grade City of the Future project
  • Middle School Robotics and Rube Goldberg teams
  • Eighth Grade Science for Innovation project
  • High School Minimester
  • High School International Day of the Girl Assembly
  • First Grade poetry share
  • Third Grade overnight farm trip
  • Entire school Ally Week and Pride Parade
  • Middle and High School students trying a new sport
  • Senior project presentations
  • Fours dramatic play
  • First Grade woodworking
  • Middle School Performing Arts majors
  • Middle School Young Composers & Improvisers
  • High School Coffee House
  • High School Minimester
  • Second graders exploring their city
  • Fourth Grade immigration study
  • Eighth Grade social justice teach-in
  • Eleventh Grade trips, a student-led service elective
  • High School Human Rights Report Card project
Last year, the Annual Fund raised $1.3 million. The goal for this year's newly named The Fund for LREI is $1.285 million. Click here to donate.

Volunteer With Us
Volunteers are crucial to the success of The Fund for LREI. We need volunteers to help educate our community on the importance of The Fund for LREI, plan events and help with mailings. If you would like to join our wonderful group of volunteers, please contact Director of Annual Giving Ryann Imperioli at or 212-477-5316 ext. 232.

Current Volunteers:
Joyce Doyle – Co-Chair
Wilnelia Gutierrez – Co-Chair
Charlie Homet – Co-Chair
Margaret Andrews
Angelina Vieira Barocas
Maren Berthelsen
Jim Harris
Amado Hernandez
Meredith Homet
Julia Kelly
Diane Kidder
Tamar Gargle Krakowiak ’88
Tim Merjos ‘80
Manjula Nair
Susan Noonan
Halee Sage
David Schab
Jessica Shapley
Merril Stern
Eve Stuart
Regina Trumbull
Allison Veronis
Jennifer Walters
Allison Weinger
Camille Zamora
Amy Ziebarth
Amy Zimmerman