Riley Avenue fourth graders sang "The Saints Go Marching In" for a packed-out auditorium last night at Riverhead High School. Photo: Katie Blasl

In a joyful celebration of black history, students from every school in the district sang, danced, laughed and entertained an auditorium packed with family and community members at Riverhead High School last night.

It was standing room only for much of the evening. Lively performances featured music by famous black artists and spirituals, while the audience often clapped and sang along. Students gave presentations on famous black musicians and significant moments in black American history.

Two teachers – Alethia Ford and Jenny Corbin – were honored with the RHS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for their contributions to their schools. Winners of the Pulaski Street School Garfield Langhorn essay contest were also honored.

The high school cooking club prepared and served samples of South African cuisine in the lobby outside the auditorium.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Katie Blasl

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Katie Blasl
Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie