Snowflake Students Volunteer for Special Ed Event


High school student volunteers had a chance to shine at the sixth annual SEPTO Snowflake fundraiser, held on Jan. 29 at the local Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on Champlin Avenue. The event brings the community together to highlight the district’s special education programs, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for graduating seniors and classroom grants in the district.

Under the supervision of family and consumer science teacher Pat Emmons-Fritz, students enrolled in the school’s burgeoning Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy catered the event, preparing and serving a variety of appetizers and fruit and vegetable platters made fresh in the Career Academy kitchen. During the event, the students showed off their talents by preparing vegetable and fruit sushi rolls. The students began preparing for the event in early January and came in during midterm week to make the final preparations. Assisting the students were two mentors, Brian Valdini, the chef and owner of Fatfish, and East Islip alumna Jamie Swanberg, a culinary arts graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Meanwhile, other dedicated high schoolers – including Caroline Buckley, Kyle Engblom, Nicole Humpf, Taylor Kozak, Katrina Koppleman and Tom Murphy – worked hard to sell raffle tickets. It was the third year in a row that Engblom, Kozak and Murphy had volunteered for the Snowflake fundraiser.