A large crowd packed the Riverhead Middle School cafetorium this afternoon to rally for the district’s fair share of state education aid.

They came bearing colorful hand-made signs and burst into chants of “Fair share now!” lead by Riley Avenue fourth-grade teacher Edward Tholl.

“We are just getting started,” School Superintendent Dr. Aurelia Henriquez told the crowd of more than 250 people who turned out for the rally. “We come together today for one reason — the reason — and that is our children,” she said.

Henriquez and school board president Gregory Meyer both explained the extent to which the Riverhead Central School District is shortchanged by the state.

“Had foundation aid been fully funded in Riverhead, we would be receiving $48 million this year,”

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