Riley Avenue students celebrate Flag Day at 22nd annual parade

06/14/2014 2:28 PM |
Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue Elementary School second-graders celebrated Flag Day Friday during the 22nd annual Flag Day parade as enthusiastic parents, grandparents and siblings lined the driveway at the school.

A patriotic concert and salute to the American flag followed the parade. 

Flag Day is officially today.

The second-graders study the flag as part of their social studies curriculum, which includes studying holidays. Students learned about the symbolism of the stars, stripes and colors.

Students read essays about the flag, which were written in correlation with the Elk’s Lodge Flag Day Essay Concert. The winners read their essays today t the Riverhead Elk’s Lodge celebration.

Winners included:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Category
1st place: Thomas Downey, 2nd grade
2nd place: Emma Royer, 2nd grade
3rd place: Erin Hubbard, 1st grade
3rd place: Caden Lesiewicz, 2nd grade
4th place: Mikayla Nirrengarten, 2nd grade
4th place: Yeida Velasquez, 2nd grade

4th and 5th Grade Category
1st place: Matthew Nitti, 4th grade
2nd place: Marcus Conti, 5th grade
3rd place: Rebecca Gilmers, 4th grade
4th place: Madison Runnalis, 4th grade
4th place: Kate Carlson, 4th grade