Peacemakers Earn National Award

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Students in the Riverhead Central School District’s Peacemakers Club were recognized with a United for Kindness award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center at a ceremony on May 22. 

The honor acknowledges the work that the Peacemakers of Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools do in “helping to create a world without bullying” by teaching their peers about bullying prevention as well as inspiring and empowering them to take positive action.  

The Peacemakers Club is a student-led antibullying movement comprised of fourth graders who meet weekly during their recess with adviser Shannon Kutner, an elementary school social worker at the district and board member of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Throughout the year, they find ways to reduce bullying in their respective schools. Every fall, they read “The Juice Box Bully” to each class in their schools and ask their peers to sign a pledge not to bully. The group also organizes a kindness challenge every January to encourage positive speech and acts of goodwill. 

The district congratulates each member of the Peacemakers Club on receiving this award.