Gay-Straight Alliance Attends Leadership Summit

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Accompanied by advisers Jessica Pignataro and Kimm Schwarz, 13 members of the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club recently attended a GSA Leadership Summit hosted by Shoreham-Wading River High School. The event brought together 90 high school students from GSA clubs across Suffolk County.

East Islip Superintendent John Dolan visited the morning session, sharing some uplifting opening remarks with the high schoolers. The attendees also enjoyed a keynote speech by Center Moriches Director of Athletics Jeremy Thode, who shared his journey as a parent of a transgender son. Throughout the day, students participated in roundtable sessions where they reflected on topics including internet safety, creating safe school environments, the "coming out" process and promoting GSA events. During the afternoon session, district administrators from the attending schools addressed the students and offered their support, including East Islip representatives Jason Stanton, the director of careers and student services, and Stephen Restivo, the director of health, physical education and athletics.