The Scarsdale High School Class of 1966 is pleased to announce that it has established the “Eric Rothschild College Assistance Fund” at Let’s Get Ready to honor beloved Social Studies teacher Mr. Rothschild and his tremendous contributions to Scarsdale, Scarsdale High School and its students, and the overall educational community.

By donating to the Eric Rothschild College Assistance Fund, the Class of 1966 is supporting Let’s Get Ready programs that enable students from historically under-served backgrounds to pursue college and stay on the path to successful graduation. Already the Class of 1966 has met its goal of $5,000, and the initiative is growing in honor of Mr. Rothschild and in support of educational opportunity.

Let’s Get Ready’s Scarsdale roots run deep. In the summer of 1998, Jeannie Lang Rosenthal brought together a SHS Commencement Program 1966number of Scarsdale High School classmates in the basement of a Mount Vernon church. Believing that the knowledge and experience she had gained while applying to college could be of substantial value to high school students from low-income backgrounds who lacked critical support resources, Jeannie and her friends started the first Let’s Get Ready program.

That first summer in Westchester showed the tremendous power of “students helping students” get to college. Jeannie brought the program to Harvard where she was an undergraduate, and to New York City upon her graduation in 2000. Since then, Let’s Get Ready has served more than 28,000 high school students with the mentoring power of 10,000 trained volunteer college Coaches. In partnerships with colleges, high schools and community organizations, programs stretch from Lewiston, Maine to Philadelphia.

Progress beyond the 50th Reunion goal of $ 5,000 will be measured below. Donations in any amount — tiny to huge — are encouraged! Strengthening today’s young people through education reflects Scarsdale graduates’ dedication to building a better society via the next generation.

NOTE: As of 1/26/2017, this drive has raised $11,835.

A special thanks to contributors to date (1/2/17): Cathy Brown, Robert Groban, Roberta Chelnik Roth, Thomas Newman, Patty Gorman and Richard Knutson, Joanne Linowes, Pam Tabbaa, Carol Masius Zuckerman, Jan Rostov, Laura Saiber Ehrlich, Joanne Adams, Ary Goldberger, Edith Stern, Evelyn Zuckerman, Kenneth Pariser, Anne-Claude Cotty, Barbara Friedman, the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust (Jane Remy and Alison Remy Crowther), Fay Hartog-Levin, Edith Stern, Mark Kramer, Robert Pepper, Peter Kardon, Margery Westreich, Bob Strauss, Judy Wiesen, Carol Drucker, Linda Beck, Jay Brown, Ellen Haggerty, Tropham Foundation (Eric Blau), Deborah Larkin, Laura Schwable Jaffe, Nan Aron, Thomas McCabe, Lawrence Dunkelman, Ann Dille, Rubblestone Foundation (Marcia Peters), Fay Hartog-Levin, Douglas Jones and Virgina Drachman, Charles Harrison, Robert and Alice Cross, Leslie Jones, Mary Holmes Dague, A.M Lansky and Susan Szwed, Ralph Arditi, Marylu Simon, Alice Dunn, Steven MacCarthy

“Let’s Get Ready provided me with an opportunity to give back to my community as a Coach and volunteer.  In each of my classes I see students who have the potential and drive to do amazing things.”
– Erica, SHS graduate and LGR volunteer

“We live in a very affluent society here in Westchester. However, there are also plenty of people that don’t have those economic resources. That’s where Let’s Get Ready stepped in for me.” 

– Mayan, New Rochelle LGR and Columbia University Graduate