Our Schools - Community Service Program, Mission Statement, and Links



Mission / Vision Statement

(August 2007) The mission of the Riverhead Central School District is to inspire and
academically empower all students to become tomorrow’s leaders by: developing their unique
gifts and potential; providing an environment that fosters integrity, creativity, and respect; and, ensuring
that our students become successful, contributing citizens in a global community.

Community Service Throughout the District
COMMUNITY SERVICE is a major tenet of the Riverhead School District and is part of the District's
Character Education Program. Riverhead's students not only strive for academic excellence but also perform many acts of kindness and community service throughout the year.
     Thank you for supporting Our Schools in their efforts!

Comforts for the Homeless Kits

(March 19, 2015) The FIRST SEMESTER STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School finished up their term with a TOOTHBRUSH KIT project. The kits contain toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash in a baggie. Some of the kits had a children's size toothbrush with themes that would appeal to children and others were made for adults. Kelly Brennan, a PTO officer and the Student Council Advisor, explained, "The student council members made flyers, asked their own dentists for products to put into the kits, encouraged schoolmates and community members to donate and brought in items themselves. They gathered enough items to make two HUGE boxes of dental kits. Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics was one of the biggest donors. Students invited their dentists to donate as well. Hampton Smile and Bella Smiles Dental Offices gave items in response to these requests." Picture: Marie Buday and James Nelson from the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (adults to the left and right of Roanoke Principal Thomas Payton and Roanoke teacher Jackie Adler, who is the Social Services contact person, are pictured with the first semester Student Council members.

"Pink Day" at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School

(October 30, 2014) October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Several RCSD schools and
teams participated in BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Students at Riverhead Middle School
and the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School had a PINK DAY. They wore pink and made and distributed
pink ribbons to students and staff members. 

"Help a Hero" Food Drive for Veterans at Pulaski and Roanoke

(Beginning October 1, 2014) Pulaski and Roanoke are conducting a food drive for Veterans in association with AARP and the Veterans Association. Pulaski is calling it the "Help a Hero" Food Drive--they have helped us stay free--it is now our turn to help them. The schools will be accepting nonperishable food items only throughout the month of October. The drive is being hosted by the Veterans of Foreign War and the AARP. There will be boxes in the main lobby of the Pulaski Street School if community members want to donate as well.

RHS Council for Unity Members Clean Up the Beach

Council for Unity members and advisors spent an afternoon cleaning up the beach at Iron Pier.

RMS National Junior Honor Society Paws for Cause

The RMS NAT'L JR HONOR SOCIETY raised $400 for Kent Animal Shelter by selling paw prints.

Roanoke Students Helping Hearts

The Roanoke Avenue STUDENT COUNCIL presented Susan DiMartino, a representative from
the American Heart Association, with a check for $400.
They raised the money by selling SMENCILS on Valentine's Day.

World Language Students at RHS Sell Pulseras


(April 4, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) The World Language students, Clubs and Language Honor Society members hosted a fund-raising effort from Monday, March 31 through April 11 selling "pulseras" at Riverhead High School in the cafeteria during lunch periods. The students sold the "pulseras" (bracelets and small purses) to benefit young artisans in Nicaragua, who work with the Pulsera Project Organization.

The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that empowers young Nicaraguan artisans through the sale of their colorful handwoven bracelets ("pulseras" in Spanish) in the United States. Through pulsera sales in schools and other locations around the world, almost 100 artisans are empowered through sustainable fair-trade employment. All the proceeds from pulsera sales are then reinvested in different programs in Nicaragua---including scholarships, micro-loans, support for the "Si A La Vida" kids shelter, environmental programs, workers rights advocacy, and other educational programs.

RHS Spanish teacher Penélope Boerum stated, "The students worked so diligently and well together as a team to raise money for the young Nicaraguan artisans associated with the PULSERA Project!. I am very proud of their efforts."

(April 4, 2014-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School Leaders Club hosted their second BLOOD DRIVE of the year. They would like to extend a "Thank You" to all of the students and staff who volunteered to give blood on Thursday, April 4th. We would like to thank the Leaders Club for organizing this important effort to save lives.


(April 11, 2014 - Phillips Avenue Elementary School) Members of the Key Club who have been teaching lessons on "Going Green" to the district's third and fourth graders, visited the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. The student instructors once again presented a lesson decomposition and recycling. In addition, some of the instructors began with a presentation on the "Water Cycle". The Club members created a Prezi which helped introduce their younger counterparts to the complexities of the water cycle.

Interact Club and NJROTC Cadets Help
with Riverhead Rotary Holiday Baskets


(December 21, 2013) The INTERACT CLUB and the NJROTC cadets assist the Riverhead Rotary annually with the assembly and delivery of over 200 holiday baskets for area residents.

A Few of the Ways Students Reached Out in the 2012-2013 School Year

Pulaski Street Girl Scout Troop Starts Recycling Program at Pulaski


(May 24, 2013) A Jr. Girl Scout Troop 1689 at the Pulaski Street School has joined the district's (paper) recycling
effort in our schools. This troop of girls were also student government members together at the
Roanoke Avenue School. In addition to being concerned about
the environment,
the girls are working for their Bronze Girl Scout Award medal.
(Riverhead Home Depot donated the recycling bins.)

Roanoke Student Council HEARTS the Am. Heart Assoc.



(February 14, 2013) During the month of February, the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School’s Student Council carried out fund-raisers for the American Heart Association. They sold Go Red for Women pins and hosted a
movie night. They were able to raise $559.00, and, ON VALENTINE'S DAY, all the proceeds were presented to
Terri Zenobio, a representative from the American Heart Association.

Community Service During the Holidays

These are just a few of the many ways our students and staff reached out to those in need during the holidays.

"RMS French student Ali Ziegler made over 40 Christmas cards (in French) for a school that was affected
by Hurricane Sandy.  According to Ali's French teacher, Betsy Ruotolo, "The cards were so creative…
really incredible… and we gave them to Jennifer Gartung (a RHS teacher – whose husband works
in a school that Hurricane Sandy demolished.
He is going to distribute them to families affected by the hurricane)." 

"The same student, Ali, had the idea of making a quilt for the SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL",
continues Ms. Ruotolo.  "We want to give the students there something cheerful and inspirational to hang
in their new school. Our class will be starting it after the break……    Amelia Lantz, from our Board of Ed.,
is going to help – her husband is a carpenter and will make the quilt hanger. 
Maybe we could somehow put a shout out on the website…. for anyone who is good with quilting…..  
Ali's grandmother will help us put the quilt together… but we are looking for experienced quilters,
who might be willing to help with it!    We will start it after Christmas".
Call Betsy Ruotolo at the Middle School if you'd like to help (Phone: 631.369.6757)

Middle School students in Nancy King's and Jan Szczesny's Home and Careers classes made
ornaments for and sent holiday greetings to middle school students and their families at
Long Beach Middle School, whose school was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  
According, to French teacher Betsy Ruotolo, whose students teamed up with the Home and Careers class
and made greeting cards for the students and their families, the Long Beach Middle School students were
out of theirbuilding for over a month after the Hurricane. They went to school in neighboring districts--
sometimes having to sit on the floor of the other school’s classrooms in order to attend class.
"We just want the students and teachers there to know our students are thinking about them," said Ms. King.
Ms. Ruotolo agreed, "We thought it would be a great place to send a little cheer from the East End!"

Roanoke toys
Brian and Daniel and their mom, Marie, made a "special delivery" of toys and other gifts
(from Debbie Spinelli's second graders at the Roanoke Avenue School in Riverhead, NY) to the
children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In all, the Roanoke second
graders in Mrs. Spinelli's class collected over 200 items for this annual holiday toy drive.
This year marked their third annual toy drive for kids with cancer.

AP Scholars
The Leaders Club sponsored a BLOOD DRIVE for LI Blood Services. Thank you for giving!
(November 30, 2012) The RHS Leaders Club responded quickly to an urgent need for blood by
organizing a blood drive with only a couple weeks of notice for the LI Blood Services.
The group opened up the opportunity to give blood to the entire school community,
and the response was heart warming.

"There was a line out the door at 7:45AM," noted Leaders Club AdviserSharon DiGiuseppe,
who also teaches English at RHS. "We had 176 people sign up, and so far we've collected
over 75 pints of blood. We want to thank the students and staff for their enthusiastic response and
hope they will give again in the spring."

REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE: Each of the schools participates in a recycling program in some form.
Mr. Barona's class at the high school continues to collect components of computers for a
massive recycling and fundraising project.
The RHS Science Club recycles paper and earned funds for its project this year by recycling cell phones.
Other schools collect batteries and other items for proper disposal.

FOOD DRIVES: Each of the schools participate in massive food drives throughout the year,
as well as gift drives during the holidays.

food  Before School Child Care Thanksgiving Project: The students from the Before School   Child Care program assembled 25 food bags for the needy members of the Riley   Community. Mrs. Duzel, Mrs. Kannwischer and Mrs. Tuthill lined the students up in an   assembly line and round and round they went along the outer walls of the cafeteria   picking up anything from fresh squash and potatoes to boxes of corn bread mix and   dropping them in a huge IKEA bag. The 25 assembled bags will provide not only a meal for Thanksgiving, but for the long weekend that follows.

Information about State Standards 

Community Service, Health and Safety Links
Please go to THE SAFETY LINK and THE HEALTH LINK for current information about health and safety
programs and concerns.
See the CHARACTER EDUCATION link for information about the District's programs