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Security guard Chris Koerner gets a laugh and custodian Frank Sciarratta checks Mr.Payton's clearance off the ground. Barbaraellen Koch photo

Over the past 11 years, he’s been slimed, he’s had his head shaved, he’s had pies thrown in his face, and he’s dressed up like a chicken and done the Chicken Dance in the school auditorium, among other things…all to encourage kids to read.

This year, Roanoke Avenue Elementary School Tom Payton came up with another incentive to get his students to read. READ

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Roanoke Avenue Elementary School teacher Samantha Heidtmann wiped away tears of joy after being handed her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Kock)

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School teacher Samantha Heidtmann wiped away tears of joy after being handed her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

“Overwhelmed, excited and honored” were the words Riverhead teacher Samantha Heidtmann used to describe being named a Project Fit America’s 2014 National All Star Teacher of the Year. (more…)

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Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Students at a pair of Riverhead elementary schools were plenty thankful for what they experienced last week.
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Courtesy Photo | Roanoke Avenue Elementary School created 200 handmade valentines for local members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard on Long Island.

Courtesy Photo | Roanoke Avenue Elementary School created 200 handmade valentines for local members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard on Long Island.

After a group of students at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School participated in a “Kindness Challenge”-themed essay writing contest, one student’s essay inspired members from three of the school’s classes to create about 200 handmade valentines to show their appreciation to military service men and women who the students felt were often underappreciated. (more…)