May 24, 2022


~ Reading Is Fundamental was started at our school in 1978 by Chris Otto. Nancy Rose took over in the fall of 1979 and was coordinator until 2001. RIF is presently organized by Reid Burriss and Gail Haynes. It involves countless hours of work ordering books and planning distributions. In 2012 the federal government stopped RIF grants. The WRS RIF program is now funded with the help of American Legion Post 84 and our PTA.

We celebrate RIF at least three times a year. Distribution days are a traditional part of our school calendar. Since 1978, more than 25,000 books have been given to White River School students! 

~ White River School annually celebrates Thanksgiving
Chucking 120 lbs. of blue hubbard squash from our gym stairs is a tradition, making getting to the squash a lot easier. No cutting required! It is cooked and prepared by our 2nd grades students.

On feast day our gym is transformed into a dining hall where we all share a meal that each contributes to in one way or another. Much of the food we eat is donated by families, for which we are very grateful. We even have applesauce that students made during Farm Day. And thanks to individual donations, when added together, makes feeding nearly 300 people, possible!

~ Read On The Beach Day is just what we need to chase away the winter blues! This annual activity is a tradition at White River School. The entire school brings beach towels, hats, sunglasses, and books to the gym to read for 45 minutes.

~ Family Game Night and Family Movie Night
are family events scheduled by our PTA several times
 during the year. 

~ CLASP  the Creative Lives After School Program at White River School is a licensed after school program. READ MORE

~ BAT and Girls on the Run are two after school running clubs.

Special Events Scheduled Every Three Years :

~ Farm Day is an important tradition at WRS. It allows our students to engage with community members to learn more about where our food comes from, how farming helps our economy, and how hard farmers work. Our students taste apples and applesauce, ice cream, maple syrup, all of which was produced in our very own state. There are chickens, sheep, oxen, goats, and a horse of course!  Our dedicated PTA organizes a vegetable stand, built by the Hartford Firefighters. A tractor ride around the school is also a fun activity.

We are so fortunate to have so many local farmers who donate their time on Farm Day.  

~ Our entire school goes to Boston in five beautiful buses thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA, parents, friends, and the White River community. K-2 students visit the New England Aquarium and 3-5 students visit the Museum of Science.

~ Health Fair

Students in pre-school through grade 5 learn from a variety of different guests how to be safe and healthy. We have a diverse group of people from our community present to small groups of students on a variety of topics such as physical exercise, bicycle safety, eye care and eye health, cooking and eating healthy foods, drinking ample water, and mindful thinking practices.

We appreciate the wonderful learning opportunities these trainers provide our students.