Nancy Carney Will Lead CAP March on Friday, June 2nd


Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) will sponsor its 32nd Annual Say NO to Drugs March on Friday, June 2, 2017. Retiring Riverhead School District superintendent Nancy Carney will be the honored guest at this year’s march.

Ms. Carney has served the district as superintendent since 2010; prior to that she served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for five years. Throughout her time in Riverhead, Ms. Carney has worked to foster and sustain positive, collaborative relationships between the district and the entire community. Every day she has sought to provide students with a learning environment to prepare them for the future. She says she is proud of the work that has been completed to revitalize the district’s buildings and ground with the passage of the 2011 Capital bond.

“I’m honored to participate as speaker at this year’s CAP march,” Ms. Carney said. “I’m appreciative of the program and the opportunity for our students to learn to make good choices.”

Since 1983 Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP), a nonprofit organization, has been providing drug and alcohol prevention, education and counseling programs for the Riverhead Central School District. CAP is best known for its two-year prevention program serving over 800 fifth and sixth graders in Pulaski Street School each year. The Life Skills program, taught by community volunteers and student peer leaders, concludes with the annual Say NO to Drugs March. Although the goal of the program is to prevent and delay underage drinking and drug use in youth, its foundation is rooted in building self-esteem, and increasing healthy decision-making skills. Several teachers at Pulaski Street School recommended that Ms. Carney lead this year’s march. Pulaski principal Dave Densieski agreed.

“Ms. Carney has lead the district through some of the toughest transitions in our educational system over the last 50 years,” he said. “In this time, she has seen us through a major construction project, built fiscally responsible budgets and oversaw a K-12 curriculum alignment. This is the legacy she leaves behind which allows those remaining to continue to build a great educational program for all of our students.”

Ms. Carney, who will be retiring this summer, appreciates the strength of the Riverhead community to work together to overcome challenges. “The people and kids are amazing,” she said. “I feel blessed and privileged to be here for the past 12 years.” She added that although she has spent a career educating the children of the East End, she has spent a lifetime learning from them.

The 32nd Annual Say NO to Drugs March begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2nd, in front of Pulaski Street School; heads south on Roanoke Avenue, then west on 2nd Street, returning to Pulaski Street School via Griffing and Hallett avenues. Following the march, there will be a brief ceremony on the steps of Pulaski Street School in which Ms. Carney will address the students and community along with NYS Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and the Riverhead Town Board, among others. After the ceremony, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742 will once again generously serve a picnic lunch to all of the students.