Right of Passage Reconnects Career Development Alumni

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Seventeen graduates of the high school’s career development program attended this year’s fall alumni luncheon, held on Oct. 30. The annual event gives former students a chance to reconnect with friends as well as staff.

Each year, all current students in the program actively plan the event as part of the curriculum. Students choose a theme, create a guest list, write and send invitations, create a menu, choose and make decorations and favors, write a shopping list, shop for food, cook, set up, serve, greet guests and clean up. 

“The favorite part of the planning process seems to be checking the RSVP list posted on the classroom fridge to watch the list grow,” said teacher Margaret Gallagher.

At this year’s party, additional guests included former career development staff; East Islip’s superintendent, John V. Dolan; and Susan Kosser, the district’s assistant to the superintendent for student support services.

“It has become a right of passage, and ‘see you at the alumni party’ has become part of the farewell as students formally exit our career development program,” said Gallagher. “Many of our former students begin contacting current students as each school year begins just to see if we have set the date.”