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Pictured are essay winners Brooke Andresen, Christopher Rodriguez, Zuleika Herrera Rodriquez, and Dean Redmond. Independent/Courtesy Riverhead Central School District

Hampton Bays

In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Hampton Bays Elementary School students took part in a variety of kindness activities.

The month’s character education initiatives kicked off with “The Me I Want to Be,” a schoolwide assembly. Students were then inspired to be kind to one another through a “Caught Being Kind” program. In the same vein of kindness, they were introduced to the school’s new buddy bench, which provides an opportunity for students to make new friends. The school also held an antibullying poster contest, naming a winner in each grade level.

The members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School service organization K-Kids recently donated $400 to the American Cancer Society as part of their 14th annual Denim Day fundraiser.

Springs School

Students held a bake sale last week to raise money for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. It was organized by Brynly Lys, Hailey Rigby, Paige Daniels, and Colleen Mckee. These girls previously held a bake sale for ARF last year. They had raised about $400.

The Yearbook Club is also selling Turkey Trot t-shirts to raise money for the yearbooks so that each eighth grader can receive a book for free. There’s a link on the school website to order a t-shirt. They cost $20 each.

The boys soccer team is undefeated so far. They’ve won their first two games. Congrats, boys.

Riverhead Schools

Pictured are essay winners Brooke Andresen, Christopher Rodriguez, Zuleika Herrera Rodriquez, and Dean Redmond. Independent/Courtesy Riverhead Central School District

Four Pulaski Street School sixth-graders in the Riverhead Central School District were recently recognized as winners of the 14th annual Hometown Heroes Essay Contest. The writing competition was held by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead in memory of Vietnam War veteran and posthumous congressional Medal of Honor recipient Garfield M. Langhorn Jr.

The winners — Brooke Andresen, Zuleika Herrera Rodriquez, Dean Redmond, and Christopher Rodriguez — were presented with their awards at a ceremony on October 19 at Pulaski Street Elementary School.

The Suffolk School Library Media Association has awarded a $500 grant for project-based learning and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives to the Pulaski Street School library in the Riverhead Central School District.

More than 50 Riverhead High School juniors and seniors learned about a wide range of colleges and universities when they attended the annual National Hispanic College Fair at Molloy College on October 10.

Riverhead High School student Taliyah Moore was honored by Transformative Educational Development Services with an AABLE Award, presented during an awards ceremony at the Bellport Country Club on October 27.

“We nominated Taliyah for her outstanding attitude, dedication to community service and leadership skills,” said Eileen Manitta, director of special education for the Riverhead Central School District. “She is hardworking, fun-loving, and a caring young lady.” Outside of school, Moore spends much of her time volunteering at her local church, where she is involved in two choirs. She is also a junior volunteer for Riverhead’s Butterfly Effect Project, a nonprofit organization.

Southampton Schools

Southampton High School senior Megan Robinson has been recognized by the Lions Club of Southampton as its Student of the Month for September. Robinson earned the honor for her dedication to her studies and school community. She is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies and serves as co-president of the student council. She is also an athlete and participates in spring track. Outside of school, she is captain of the North Sea Fire Department Juniors program and works at North Sea Farms.

Southampton Intermediate School conducted a Red Ribbon Week, starting October 22, to raise awareness of harmful influences such as drugs and alcohol. The school’s guidance department planned a number of activities for students throughout the week, which carried the theme, “Life is a journey, travel drug-free.”

Among them were a presentation by Southampton Village police officer Tiffany Lubold, a homeroom door decorating contest, and theme days where students dressed for success and wore their favorite college sweatshirts. Students also signed an anti-drug pledge during their lunch periods.

The Southampton School District’s athletic department showcased its physical education, wellness, and family and consumer sciences programs during its first Wellness Night, held October 29 at Southampton High School. The event, held in partnership with the Southampton Youth Bureau, gave families a chance to experience some of the same physical fitness and wellness activities that students engage in during the school year. Attendees also learned more about the district’s family and consumer sciences curriculum and sampled recipes that students have been learning to make. The evening featured more than 20 informational booths related to health, as well.

Westhampton Schools

Westhampton Beach High School students participated in several Red Ribbon Week activities, organized by the school’s Youth to Youth Club, during the week of October 29.

All activities were based on the themes of saying no to drugs, making positive choices and team building. Youth to Youth members shared awareness messages with their peers, held theme days, designed posters, created a haunted hallway and decorated trees outside the school with red ribbons. In addition, all students signed a banner pledging to stay drug- and alcohol-free.

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