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Riverhead High School and Riverhead Rotary Club Rock Garden Spreads Kindness to Cancer Institute

May 14, 2024
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Riverhead High School and Riverhead Rotary Club Rock Garden Spreads Kindness to Cancer Institute

Interact Club and Rotary Club Partner to Install Rock and Shell Garden at Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead

RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (MAY 2024)—The Riverhead High School interact club recently partnered with its sponsor, the Riverhead Rotary Club, to construct a rock and shell garden at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead. The garden will project an aura of beauty, peace, and positivity to lift spirits and provide a comforting space for institute patients and their loved ones.

“The rock garden will bring comfort to patients and their family members, and we are excited to help provide members of our community with the support they need during a time when they need it most,” said Riverhead Rotary Club Chairperson of Rotary Youth Activities Connie Gevinski. “These inspirational students demonstrated such compassion and pride in their community. We thank them for their partnership and look forward to the rock garden continuing to grow as the Northwell Cancer Institute expands its services.”

The Riverhead High School interact club worked diligently to create rocks with uplifting messages for the garden. The Rotary Club offered landscaping consultation to help the students lay out the path of interlocking outdoor tiles, surround it with black metal edging, and deposit rocks and shells into the remaining garden area. On Saturday, May 11th, the students and the Riverhead Rotary Club came together to install the garden. The path within the garden was made into the shape of a cancer ribbon.

The idea to build the rock and shell garden at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute originated from Rotary Club Secretary Kimberly Judd, Esq., who battled cancer with the help of the oncology and women’s health teams from Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Cancer Institute. She was motivated by her experiences to propose this initiative to the interact club, which was enthusiastically accepted.

“The Riverhead Central School District is incredibly proud of our students for their participation in this meaningful initiative,” said Riverhead Central School District Interim Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich. “When we uplift those around us with kindness and care—especially those who are dealing with difficult circumstances—the impact reverberates to elevate our entire community and to perpetuate a culture of compassion.”

The Riverhead High School interact club encourages students to lead, connect, and serve. According to the Riverhead Central School District website, it is a chance to make new friends, improve the Riverhead community, develop leadership skills, and make a difference in the world. The club is led by advisor Debbie Cantalupo.

Riverhead Central School District has a proud legacy of establishing meaningful relationships with hospitals in the area to enhance student opportunities and community service. The district recently partnered with Peconic Bay Medical Center for their second annual healthcare career fair. Students had the chance to explore a wide range of clinical and non-clinical fields within the healthcare industry, empowering the next generation of medical professionals.

For more information about the Riverhead Central School District, please visit the district’s website at www.riverhead.net. Happenings in the district can also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverheadCSD. #BlueWavesPride.

 

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Members of the Riverhead Rotary Club and Riverhead High School interact club install the rock garden at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead

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A rock with an uplifting message made by Riverhead High School students to inspire those at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead