On what felt like a spring morning, hundreds of plungers dove into the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach in East Hampton on New Year’s Day. While the air was warm, the water temperature was a frigid 43 degrees. That didn’t stop participants from charging the waves to support local charities. The Polar Bear Plunge has been supporting local food pantries and other charities since it was founded.
The Riverhead Peacemakers will receive the “United for Kindness” award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center on May 22.The Riverhead Peacemakers are a fourth grade student-led anti-bullying movement started by Morgan Dunn, now in ninth grade, when she was at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. The Peacemakers in both schools meet with Shannon Kutner, Riverhead Community Awareness Program’s elementary school social worker, during recess to discuss ways to prevent and reduce bullying in their schools. In January, the students assisted their schools by organizing student and staff participation in the Great Kindness Challenge, as well as other activities.