If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes small-town heart to build a new school.
To that end, a food event, "Share, A Field to Plate Dinner," will be held on Aug. 12 at the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Jamesport to support efforts to build the in downtown Riverhead. The educational facility will be founded by the non-profit North Fork Education Initiative.
The new Peconic Community School will be based at the East End Arts Council on East Main Street in Riverhead.
The event will take place on Aug. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and feature top local chefs, food, and wine from both the North and South Forks, live music, a farm tour and a live auction.
Chefs onboard include Gregory Ling from Michael Meehan of H20 in Smithtown and Noah Schwartz of Noah's in Greenport. Dinner will be paired with wine by Shinn Estate Vineyards and beer by the Blind Bat Brewery. Other local businesses will also donate to the event.
The mission behind the new school will be to provide an accessible education to all who are interested; tuition will be scaled to a family's ability to pay. Fundraisers will be held to help further those goals and sustain arts, environment and community-based education.
Applications for students in grades K-3 are still being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year