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Kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School participated in a teddy bear clinic on February 26. Independent/Riverhead School District


Kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School participated in a teddy bear clinic on February 26. Independent/Riverhead School District

Kerrian Otano, an opera singer and Riverhead High School alumna, will conduct a master class with Riverhead High School choral students on April 17 at 6 PM.

Otano will sing and work with students to improve their technique and performance ability on stage in an event that is open to the community. The students will be selected based on their New York State School Music Association performances and if they performed in the NYSSMA’s All-State Festival.

The singer, who will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in March, has also performed with the Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Mannes Opera.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved,” said Dena Tishim, the choral director of Riverhead High School.

Aquebogue Elementary School’s kindergartners participated in a teddy bear clinic on February 26.

The students, clad in surgical masks, gloves, and caps, pretended to diagnose and treat their teddy bear patients with gauze and medical tape. Volunteers from Stony Brook Hospital attended the event to speak with the students about the importance of being responsible and taking care of themselves. The students also discussed car and bicycle safety.


Students from Cutchogue East Elementary have artwork in the Parrish Art Museum’s student exhibition this year, which will be on display through March 10. Eleven students from first through fifth grades took part in the exhibition.


Southampton Intermediate School’s Junior Honor Society organized a community luncheon in honor or “National No One Eats Alone Day” on February 15.

As part of the event, which aims to inspire students to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging, teachers, parents, and staff were invited to join students during their lunch periods.


Tuckahoe School will host the annual “Empty Bowls Evening Event” on March 14 from 6 to 8 PM.

Students, parents, and seniors will also have the opportunity to create a pottery bowl that will be auctioned off at the event. Attendees will be served soup and salad, and take home a student hand-made bowl as a reminder of the less fortunate. Those who come can also bring in canned or boxed food as a donation and receive a student hand-made ceramic spoon.

Tickets are $5. Event proceeds will go toward the school’s community garden and the local food pantry.

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor fifth graders teamed up with kindergarteners for some fun on the ice at the Buckskill Winter Club in in East Hampton on February 27.

Throughout the year, the students take part in events with their younger buddies, including the 100th day of school activities. They also read aloud together, sit together at the school picnics, and visit one another’s classrooms from time to time.

Navy Beach Scholarship

Navy Beach restaurant has announced a new “Montauk Scholarship Program” for graduating East Hampton High School students in honor of the restaurant’s 10th anniversary.

Beginning this spring, Navy Beach will award two graduating seniors with a $1000 scholarship toward their college education.

Eligible students can apply at East Hampton High School and submit their applications and criteria no later than April 15.

“Establishing Navy Beach’s scholarship program for the children of East Hampton is a small way for us to say thank you to our community,” Frank Davis, a partner at Navy Beach, said, “and to also permit us to soften the economic challenges of a college education.”

For more information about eligibility and application, contact the East Hampton High School Guidance and Counseling Department. For more information on the scholarship, visit or call 631-668-6868.

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