Press Coverage of the Rochester River Charter School

Joel T. Helfrich, "The Rochester River School: Humane Education to Confront Educational Injustice and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Rochester, New York," in Anthony J. Nocella II, K. Animashaun Ducre, and John Lupinacci, eds., Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

"Education Spotlight: Rochester River School," Olivia Bauso,  Rochester Brainery blog, March 19, 2017,

"Rochester River Charter School proposal advances," Justin Murphy, Democrat & Chronicle, March, 6, 2017,

"Rochester River Charter School Raising Funds to Complete SUNY Application," Minority Reporter, January 30, 2017,

"Genesee River, New York - Joel Helfrich", Watermark Project, January, 2017

"Rochester River School: Join Us!", Lake Affect magazine, Volume 50, page 46

"Connections: Arshay Cooper And How Rowing Can Change The Lives Of Urban Youth", Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI News 1370AM, October 7, 2016

"Connections: Building a School from Scratch", Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI News 1370AM, August 26, 2016

"Fundraiser to Launch Rochester River School", Joel Helfrich, Rochester Subway, August 14, 2016

"Joel Helfrich, Rochester River School: Proposed First Vegan Public School in the U.S", interview with Caryn Beth Hartglass on Responsible Eating And Living Worldwide, Inc.'s "IT'S ALL ABOUT FOOD", July 12, 2016

"The Rochester River School: Promoting A Vegan Ethic While Educating Generations Of Solutionaries", Joel Helfrich, HappyCow Veggie Blog, July 12, 2016

The Rochester River School: Educating Generations of Solutionaries,” Cheryl Dobbertin and Joel Helfrich, The Rutabaga Rap (Abundance Cooperative Market), page 4, July-August 2016

"Votes Are In: Our Next Round Up at the Register Nonprofits", Abundance Food Co-op, June 24, 2016

"Meeting held to discuss idea for vegan school in Rochester", 13WHAM ABC, June 19, 2016

"Integrated magnet schools plan gets support", Justin Murphy, Democrat and Chronicle, June 9, 2016

"Rochester Area Vegan Society to host Rochester River School educator," Irondequoit Post, May 31, 2016

"Rochester River School to Be the First K-12 to Go Vegan", Joe Loria, Mercy For Animals, May 12, 2016

"Country's First Self-Sustaining Vegan School (K-12) in Rochester, NY," Live Vegan, May 11, 2016,

"Rochester in the Process of Getting Its Own Vegan School!" clearlyveg, May 4, 2016

"V is for ‘Vegan’: Plant-Based School Lunches on the Rise", Jill Ettinger, Organic Authority, May 4, 2016

"Rochester, NY to Get All-Vegan School", Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews, May 3, 2016

"Rochester could get a vegan, self-sustaining school", ecorazzi, May 2, 2016

"Public school proposes vegan lunch menu for 'humane education'",, May 2, 2016

"Rochester River School could be first vegan school in the area",  Rebecca Leclair, WHEC-TV,  May 2, 2016

"Proposed School Plans Vegan, Outdoor Lessons", Jordan Mazza, Time Warner Cable News, April 30, 2016

"Proposed Rochester River School swimming upstream," Justin Murphy, The Tennessean, April 25, 2016,

NEWS RELEASE, April 20, 2016

"Rochester River School Sounds Call for Action", Joel Helfrich,  Page 13 of The Wedge Newspaper, April/May 2016, Vol. 38, No. 2

"The Genesee River: The Key to Educating Generations of Solutionaries", Joel Helfrich,, March 20, 2016

"Upstream swim for school plan", Justin Murphy, Democrat and Chronicle, February 29, 2016

Rochester Area Vegan Society presentation, November 2015

Connections with Evan Dawson,” WXXI Radio 1370 AM (Rochester)/WEOS 89.5 FM (Geneva), May 2015

Pichardo ‘15 Advances in NYBPC,” Daily Update (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), Apr. 2015

Broken Spear Vision” with George Payne, Mar. 2015

Pichardo ’15 Receives Presidential Service Award,” Daily Update (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), Feb. 2015

Connections with Evan Dawson,” WXXI Radio 1370 AM (Rochester)/WEOS 89.5 FM (Geneva), Dec. 2014

Pitch 2015 Semi-Finalists Announced,” Daily Update (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), Dec. 2014

What Makes a Good School?: A Community Forum/Discussion,” Rochester Museum & Science Center, Dec. 2014

"Pichardo ’15, Helfrich Design a School," Daily Update (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), Nov. 2014