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Volume 1 Number 7

Ride along with the Hole in the Wall Gang this month and discover the special camp founded by Paul Newman nestled away in the quiet hills of Connecticut.
Effective Teaching by Harry Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
The Trouble With... by Alfie Kohn
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Schoolhouse Views by Beth Bruno
To Refer or Not to Refer
Tell A Number Trick
BCL Classroom Environments
Links Worth The Click
Morning Meetings
FLingers Block Party
Bridging the Digital Divide
Science Teacher Initiative
Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth
Developing a Positive Home-School Relationship
Classroom Rules Can Be Sweet
Teaching the Visually Impaired
BJ Treks Outback
Teacher To Ski Antarctica
New at Teachers.Net
Letters to the Editor
Poll: Favorite Quotes
Archives: Self Publishing
New in the Lesson Bank
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Humor from the Classroom
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
Live Events Calendar
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Making a Gift...
Each donation is greatly appreciated and directly benefits the over 900 seriously ill children who attend The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and who, along with their families, participate in year round programs free of charge. The fundraising goal for 1999-2000 is $4 million for operating expenses and future needs of the camp. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. For every dollar raised 90 cents is directed to the camp. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

Cash Gifts:
Checks: To make a cash contribution please make your check payable to The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund and mail to:

The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund
555 Long Wharf Drive
Department W
New Haven, CT 06511
Donations Online: You can make your donation online. We accept VISA or MasterCard ($10.00 minimum). (Note: Our credit card donation page is secure.)

Tribute Gifts:
Contributions to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp can be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion of a family member or friend. If your gift is a tribute to someone, please include a note telling us the name of the individual or family member you wish to notify along with their address.

Gifts of Securities:
Gifts of securities are a great way to support The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp while providing you with a tax deduction for the current, full market value of the securities. There are three main types of securities that can be donated to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: publicly traded stock in a corporation, shares in a mutual fund or bonds. If you have appreciated securities that have been held for more than 12 months you can donate them in one of the following ways:

  • Securities may be transferred directly to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by your broker. If you are interested please contact Kevin Magee at 203.772.0522, E-Mail
  • Unendorsed stock certificates should be mailed directly to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's fund office by registered mail with a letter stating the purpose of the gift. A signed stock power should be sent under separate cover with a copy of the transmittal letter. The address is:

    The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund
    555 Long Wharf Drive
    New Haven, CT 06511
    Attn: Kevin Magee

    A gift of securities is often advantageous to the donor who owns stock which have a low yield, have been held long-term and have increased in value.

    Gifts in Kind:
    Tangible Property Gifts ($5,000 & above):

    Definition: Gifts of assets such as art, jewelry, antiques, automobiles, furniture, boats and other items that have been determined by appropriate camp representatives to be of use to the camp. If you would like to donate an item that falls within this definition please contact Allan Wilson at 203.772.0522, E-Mail

    Each year the camp compiles a Wish List of items that are needed for the camp programs. If you can donate or help us find donations of any of these items, please call Karin Jacobs at The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund office in New Haven, CT - 203.772.0522, E-Mail

    Be a Planned Giving Partner:
    Since 1988 The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has been fortunate to have support from thousands of people. Each summer the Camp provides love, hope and joy to nearly 1,000 children who are seriously ill with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, and other blood diseases. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp also provides year-round programs for children and their families, healthcare professionals, and teachers. To continue providing the experience of a lifetime to children, free of charge, join one Planned Giving donor who shared this comment: "I love what the Camp does for sick kids and this is my chance to help them!" Some of the Planned Giving options we offer are:

    • Gifts by Will
    • Pooled Income Fund
    • Charitable Remainder & Lead Trusts
    • Additional Ways to Give (cash, securities, real estate)
    You can become a "partner" in the following ways: unrestricted annual donations for ongoing programs, capital gifts for specific projects, and planned giving gifts. We recommend that you consult a lawyer or other tax or estate planning advisor before putting a deferred gift plan into effect. All proceeds from your planned gift will go directly into our endowment fund to protect the Camp's future.

    Estate planning is a thoughtful process that allows you to control how your assets are managed. You can provide for loved ones and make gifts to causes you care about. Depending on the type of gift, you also may be able to increase your annual income, enjoy an income tax deduction, avoid capital gains on appreciated assets, and reduce estate and gift taxes. Generally, the amount available as a tax deduction will vary based on factors such as your age and the type of planned gift. Examples describing donations to a Pooled Income Fund and a Charitable Remainder Trust are included in our Planned Giving packet. We can also provide you with personalized information so you can see how your donation could benefit you, and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

    Throughout the year, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp plans to conduct seminars on Planned Giving at the New Haven office and other specific locations. For notification about such a seminar, or to receive an information packet about Planned Giving, please call our office at 203.772.0522. You may also contact one of the following individuals via email: Sharon B. Dalton at; Charlene Dalia-Curry at; Allan Wilson at

    One of the benefits derived from a planned gift to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is knowing the legacy you leave will help seriously ill kids enjoy fun-filled camping experiences, forever!

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    Cover Story...
    The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
    by Francine Harcourt Caplan

    Since 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has provided a special camp experience for over 9,000 children, ages seven to fifteen, with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS and other serious blood diseases, free of charge. Founded by Paul Newman and a group of generous, talented people, the camp is located on over 300 acres in Ashford, Connecticut. The campers enjoy nature, swimming, theatre, art, poetry, singing and horseback riding. There is a medical clinic providing round-the-clock care. Programs for parents, campers and professionals continue throughout the year.

    In 1985, Mr.Newman and the founders set out to build a good, old-fashioned camp, a camp for children who couldn't camp anywhere else because they suffered from cancer or serious blood diseases, a camp where 7 to 15 year old boys and girls could laugh and play, sing and shout, meet other children with similar problems, and-at least for a while-forget about being sick and "raise a little hell."

      And it wouldn't cost the children, or their families, a dime.
    The founders named their camp after The Hole In The Wall Gang, the band of bandits led by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." In the fall of 1986, Paul Newman and his group bought a 300-acre farm, with lots of trees and a 44-acre pond, straddling the borders of Ashford and Eastford-two small towns in eastern Connecticut.

    The head of Yale-New Haven Hospital's Pediatrics Department, Howard A. Pearson, M.D., became medical director and made sure the camp could provide daily care and emergency treatment for very ill children. He set up shop in the "O.K. Corral"-named by a camper because it's okay to go there." This fully equipped clinic operates round-the-clock with two doctors and five nurses. For the parents, the infirmary provides quiet reassurance that every medical need is well covered.

    The dean of Yale University's School of Architecture, Thomas Beeby, made sure the buildings were as much fun as the program. He designed an award-winning Old West frontier town complete with a general store, theater, dining hall, recreation center, swimming pool, boathouse, stables, petting zoo, and log cabins. The children hardly notice that the walkways end in access ramps, that forest trails are smooth enough for wheelchairs, and that washrooms contain emergency buttons that can summon instant aid.

    Construction began in the fall of 1987, doors opened in the summer of 1988, and children have been coming ever since. With the generous financial support of many thousands of caring people from across the country, and with ties to more than 100 medical institutions, such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Yale-New Haven Hospital, we welcome each summer, free of charge, over 900 children from across the United States and from abroad.

    Hole in the Wall Gang campers experience more than a joyous holiday. Camp is a critical experience in their lives, encouraging the heart, enlarging the spirit, empowering the will, all year long.

    For teachers: If you are aware of a child that fits the criteria for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp please share information about the camp with parents or guardians. There is an application process that begins each fall and winter for the following summer.

    Through all these years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has relied on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to support and fund the camps programs and medical component. Throughout the year, programs for campers and special C.O.P.E. weekends for parents are part of the entire experience that help camp families.

    Please visit our web site at: You will find more information on the camp and its programs, photos and a secure web page to make a donation.

    Now in the year 2000, we are celebrating our 13th summer and again are welcoming nearly 1,000 seriously ill children to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.


    Wish List

    If you can donate or help us find donations of any of these items, please contact Karin Jacobs at The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund office - 203.772.0522, E-Mail: You can also leave us a message in the comment section of our Guest Book. NOTE: We have a constant need for items that are bolded.

    • Area Rugs (bound, 80sq.)
    • Art supplies: glue, markers (assorted colors), paint brushes, paint pens, Sculpie art clay, etc.
    • Arts & Crafts kits
    • Backpacks
    • Balloons
    • Basketball frames - new
    • Bathing suits
    • Batteries (AA,C,D)
    • Beach towels
    • Beads
    • Benchpress
    • Cameras - Polaroid and film (600 series)
    • Canoe paddles
    • CD/Cassette players
    • Cellular phones with service
    • Clay slab roller - 14" by Brent Company
    • Computers - laptop or desktop: PC, Win95, Pentium, or better
    • Cordless microphones
    • Costumes - big fruit or animal
    • Duffle bags/gym bags
    • Electronic games (hand-held)
    • Fishing poles
    • Flashlights
    • Games -board (travel size or regular)
    • Goggles - Aqua Safety
    • Journals
    • Lamps (clamp-on variety)
    • Love seats (15 needed for cabins)
    • Lumber for workshop (unlimited)
    • Monitor - large Macintosh monitor (for desktop publishing)
    • Nerf sporting equipment
    • Paddle boats
    • Paper goods - napkins, plates (all sizes) and hot cups
    • Paper - rolls
    • Pillow lap desks
    • Playground - vertical for tower
    • Playground set-up (high quality recycled plastic and metal)
    • Playing cards
    • Postage stamps (books of)
    • Rain boots
    • Rain ponchos
    • Row boat oars
    • Scissors (adult)
    • Shoes-Tap
    • Sleeping bags
    • Sneakers for older campers (13-16 yrs. old)
    • Socks & underwear (children's - new)
    • Sports drink bottles
    • Sweatpants (size 8-Adult)
    • Tents - Northface 3-person
    • Tents - Northface 6-person
    • Tents -Two-person
    • Toiletries (toothpaste/brushes, shampoo, etc.)
    • Top hats (collapsible)
    • Umbrellas
    • Vacuum cleaner (electric) for pool
    • Vacuum cleaners - industrial size
    • Video tapes & cassette tapes - BLANK
    • Videos for all ages
    • Walkie talkies, high quality

    Click here to visit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

      The Hole In The Wall Gang Fund, Inc.
      555 Long Wharf Drive
      New Haven, Connecticut 06511
      Tel: (203) 772-0522
      Fax: (203) 782-1725


    About Francine Harcourt Caplan...

    Ms. Harcourt Caplan is Director of Communications and Grantwriting for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. She oversees all communications which include brochures, newsletters, all written materials and press releases. She is responsible for media relations, both print and non-print. She seeks funding from corporations and foundations that will support the summer and off-season programs of the camp. Each year she volunteers at the camp as a counselor and loves going into the cabin with the children! She says,"I am fortunate to be able to help this wonderful place for seriously ill children both professionally and personally. When I see the smiles on the children's faces and see what a difference The Hole in the Wall Gang camp has made in their lives, it gives me enormous pleasure."

    About Paul Newman's Charitable Work...

    In 1987 Paul Newman launched the Newman's Own line of food products, beginning with salad dressings and spagetti sauces, to provide income for charitable efforts. Among the philanthropic endeavors created by Newman and his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, are the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with terminal diseases and the antidrug Scott Newman Foundation, established in memory of Newman's son who died as the result of an accidental drug overdose in 1978. Newman is low-key about his philanthropic efforts, preferring to remain in the background, preferring to highlight the children and adults who participate in and benefit from the camp and other programs.

    Quote, Paul Newman: "The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films."

    In 1988, the Oscar-winning screen legend decided to channel growing profits from the sales of his "Newman's Own" specialty foods into a unique foundation. Newman saw it as a way to give kids, aged 7-15 with cancer and other serious illnesses, getaways where they can enjoy themselves in a summer camp setting and still receive the medical attention they need. Today, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and its foundation continue to help brighten young lives and fund other charities. And a devoted philanthropist has found a creative way for kids having a tough time to just have fun.

    Related Links

    The National Children's Cancer Society

    Pediatric AIDS Foundation Elizabeth Glaser's non-profit foundation that works primarily to raise funds for ongoing pediatric AIDS research.

    Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
    Education, advocacy, and patient care for Sickle Cell Disease

    Sickle Cell Society home page Sickle Cell Society - UK based charity which provides care and information on sickle cell anaemia (anemia) and other sickle cell disorders to sufferers, health professionals, students and everyone interested in understanding this genetic disease.