Alumni News and Stories
The Young Alumni Gathering was held on campus on Thursday, June 2. More than 30 alumni from the classes of 2012-2015 came back to Riverdale for an enjoyable afternoon reception. Everyone had a chance to reunite with old friends, classmates, and faculty, as well as to take a peek at some of the new construction underway at the Upper School. As a long-standing tradition, Riverdale's famous egg and cheese sandwiches were served.
Alumni in attendance included Michael R. Akselrad '12, Khalif Andre '15, Vera Armus-Laski '14, John P. Barrett '12, Daniel D. Bendelac '15, Gabriella L. Brown '15, Camryn S. Clarke '13, Daniel H. Cohen '13, Khari A. Dawkins '13, Sarah L. Doyle '14, Jacqueline R. Dworkin '13, Tyler P. Gibbs '15, Sydney M. Hard '13, Kamala A. Hargrove '15, Amaris Z. Hemmings '15, Estefani M. Hernandez '15, Neiko N. Hicks '12, Alison L. Hyman '13, Peter D. Kanavos '13, Keifer T. Ludwig '15, Mariama Ndiaye '13, Jessica M. Perreira '12, Andrew D. Ravaschiere '15, Simone A. Rothberg '15, Owen C. Silitch '15, Patrick M. Smarr '15, Henry J. Stevens '12, Dustin M. Taylor '13, Emily Vega '15, Saranya Vijayakumar '14, Joshua A. Wetzler '13, and Akeem K. Williams '15.
At the Lower School's annual Service-Learning Assembly today, students made donations to six nonprofit groups from the proceeds of their "Change for Changes" fundraiser.
"Change for Changes" collects coins and small donations throughout the year. The fifth grade Philanthropic Roundtable determined how the funds, which totaled more than $3,000, would be distributed. The group made the following allocations:
- $600 to Charity:Water, a nonprofit that supports clean water projects around the world
- $300 to NY Class, an animal-protection group
- $600 for Cookies for Kids Cancer, as well as $950 raised in the school's bake sale
- $300 to the SPCA of Westchester, which provides a "no kill" shelter for animals
- $600 to the Lustgarten Foundation, started by Andrew Lustgarten '95, pictured above, and his family to promote research for pancreatic cancer.
In addition the Lower School recognized other fundraising and volunteer activities that occurred during the year:
- The holiday gift drive that collected toys, games and arts and crafts items for The Abbott House, Mercy Center, RMHA, and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
- The City Harvest Truck or Treat appeal that collected $661.
- The Fall Book Fair Bake Sale, which provided $1150 for the Change for Changes program.
- Box Tops for Education, which brought in 300 box tops for PS/MS 279 for book purchases.
- Book drives for Project Cicero and PS/MS 279 that collected nearly 1,600 gently-used books.
- The food drive for N.Y. Common Pantry and the Food Bank of Westchester.
- The partnership with Atria Senior Living in which students and seniors collaborated on a gratitude quilt.
- The pajama program that collected pajamas and bedtime storybooks for children living in shelters.
- The project to make and sell wood beaded bracelets that raised $3,482 to benefit the Young Women's Initiative of the Malawi Children's Mission.
- Run for the Wild, an event sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society that received $246 thanks to the efforts of two fifth graders.
Nate Irving '11, a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League System, has written a blog for baseballism.com about what it means to "make it."
"What if we saw “making it” not as the object we desire, but as the passion that burns inside of us to achieve greatness," he writes. "Often we are reminded that we are given an opportunity to chase our dreams, and that opportunity will not live forever. The game that we love is filled with failure, but it is the same feeling of failure that pushes each and every one of us towards our triumphs. When life presents us with hardships, we fight. Because that's how we've been conditioned. The same ballplayer that fights when adversity is on the horizon, is the same person who lifts others up when life deals unfavorable cards. What if “making it” is the relentless pursuit that evolves us as players, and as beings. "
You can read his blog here.