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Students Show Mercy, Give Back to Community

A team of dedicated young people spent Friday focused on community service projects around Riverhead.

Giving back starts at home.

That’s the message junior high school students were hoping to impart on Friday when they held their final Live Mercy Day for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Keeping in mind the day’s theme, “Living Mercy in Our Own Community,”  7th and 8th graders put their faith into practice in a hands’ on way, as they immersed themselves in an array of community service projects that embody the Living Mercy philosophy.

Students spent Friday morning volunteering to clean fire trucks at the Flanders Volunteer Fire Department, helping with road-side clean up in Riverhead, collecting non-perishable food for Ronald McDonald House and water bottles for the Water Project at area supermarkets, orchestrating a car wash to raise money for the La Fortuna School in El Salvador, and spending time with residents at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s skilled nursing facility.

In addition, a group of students helped with plantings at the Jamesport Harvest Farm in Aquebogue, which Emilie Zaweski and her husband Mark run, along with the adjacent MKZ Farm.

Teacher Darryl Smith said the experience was invaluable for students. “They’re able to get out and see how different people live in Riverhead,” he said.

Added 8th grader Fiona Miles, 13, “Even though we’re young, we can still give back.”

ABetterWayforRiverhead April 01, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Great to see some of our young residents leading by example!
Lisa Finn April 02, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Yes, it is! Please let me know here at Riverhead Patch of any other young people you'd like featured for their good works. As a youth leader for many years, I have seen so many examples of wonderful kids giving back to their communities.


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