Developing Young Leaders


In preparation for college and career readiness, the East Islip School-Business Partnership coordinated a K-12 district initiative to educate and facilitate leadership opportunities for sixth-grade students at the middle school.

The initiative began at the end of January, when members of the high school National Honor Society visited sixth-grade health classes at the middle school to discuss the importance of leadership, community service and citizenship. The NHS members introduced opportunities for the sixth-graders to develop community service projects for younger students in the afterschool programs at Connetquot and Timber Point. Interested students attended a lesson-planning workshop sponsored by the middle school student government in order to fine-tune their proposals. The completed proposals were then submitted to student government adviser Dawn Zeffiro.

The middle school students’ leadership activities were scheduled for the month of March, and the students planned and implemented fun-filled lessons at the afterschool programs at Connetquot and Timber Point, including Dr. Seuss and St. Patrick’s Day themed activities, bracelet making, fortune teller creations, game shows, flag and European handball games, and basketball clinics. 

“The districtwide program was a huge success and the School-Business Partnership looks forward to expanding the program next year,” said Zeffiro.