The Riverhead Central School District partnered with Stony Brook University to offer a summer program to English language learners. Here, fourth graders studied earthworms in a classroom lab with the assistance of SBU researchers.

Riverhead Central School District and Stony Brook University partnered together this summer to offer a science program for English language learners.

The program, coordinated by Jeremy Garritano, ran from July 8 through July 26 at Riley Avenue Elementary School and offered a variety of research projects. Students examined the relationship between earthworms and soybeans, created ecosystem dioramas using plastic lunch containers, kept scientific journals, explored erosion impacts on the ecosystem, engineered parachutes and took virtual field trips.

Breakfast and lunch were donated by Island Harvest. The program also culminated with back-to-school donations, as Eastern Suffolk BOCES and Feed the Children provided all students with free children’s books, backpacks and school supplies.

Source: Riverhead Central School District press release, dated July 30, 2019.

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