‘WE’ can! Riverhead students attend WE celebration

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More than 20 Riverhead Central School District high school AP Spanish Language and Culture class students recently attended the WE organization’s annual launch celebration at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

The celebration featured world-renowned speakers and A-list performers to inspire students to make a difference in their own community and world. Speaking during the event was Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Ambassador Andrew Young, Whoopi Goldberg and Chelsea Clinton.

Also, featured on stage were service contributions made by students, including a project completed by Riverhead High School senior Mayra Alvarado. During her junior year, Alvarado and her team researched how poverty affects education. They then planned a chocolate bark sale to raise money to purchase school supplies a local elementary school.  

“This program was a great way to inspire our class to continue to use what they learn in class and apply it to real-life situations, conduct research and plan great service learning projects as part of our AP with WE curriculum,” said AP Spanish Language and Culture class teacher Penélope Boerum.

After attending the event Erika Lema, a high school junior said, “What I liked the most about WE Day UN was seeing what every person in the community has done to make a change. For example, a girl took a STEM class and decided to build something that would help people that cannot see and are unable to afford or access a service dog.”