Photos: Hugs and tears as Riverhead kids head back to school

Riverhead Central School District, Phillips Avenue Elementary School
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers welcomes back fourth-grader Mahki Adams with a warm hug.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers welcomed back students during the first day of classes Wednesday in Riverhead schools.

She gave out some hugs and also chided some of the children who did not respond when she said, “Good morning children, welcome back.”

About 550 students arrived by bus, cars and also by taxi to the Riverside elementary school.

The new kindergarten students lined the entrance corridor until teachers and aides could check their tags and steer them into the correct classrooms.

With seven schools in the district there will be almost 5,000 students attending class this year.

Also, Tuesday, Sept. 18 is open house at Phillips at 7 p.m. and the school’s parent-teacher organization, which uses the acronym P.A.C.T. (People Advancing Children Together), will have its first meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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