Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is a time to honor Riverside’s rich history, celebrate its present, and plan for its future.


It is the traditional day that Riverside founder Pat DeOrio comes back to the school to talk to the current students and give them a glimpse into the history of this important institution. The students always love to hear from ‘Mrs. D’ and they pepper her with enough questions to fill an afternoon.



This year, Founder’s Day took place on Friday, May 6. To celebrate the day, and Mrs. D’s 86th birthday, Riverside’s Parent Association hosted an after-school gathering from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We grilled hot dogs and served birthday cake, and had a great turnout of alumni and current families! 


Supporting Riverside

Founder’s Day is also a day to support Riverside’s Annual Fund and ensure that the school is able to continue to provide the standard of excellence in education for students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences.


Annual Fund donations support financial aid, technology, and teacher development, all of which have become increasingly important.


Thanks to special challenge grants for alumni, parents (both current and former), grandparents (both current and former), and friends of the school, we were able to raise more than $20,000 for Riverside on Founder’s Day!.  

Thank You, Riverside Community!