Middle School Club Leads Community in Cooking for Vets


Students in the East Islip Middle School Builders Club, known for their service to veterans and military members, were recently asked to spearhead a new meal program for Long Island veterans attending Project 9 Line classes in Amityville. The Builders Club members enthusiastically agreed, and along with their families, successfully prepared meals for local veterans twice a week during February and March.

The students – joined in the effort by former club members like high school freshman Brian McCarthy, who remain in touch with the club – helped coordinate volunteers who cooked or delivered the meals. Also participating were East Islip graduates like Gina Tortelli, district staff, and local veterans’ family members such as Denise Gallo, the mother of deployed Long Islander Justin Gallo.

“Our veterans have given so much for us and East Islip’s support means that their sacrifices will not be forgotten,” said Project 9 Line Patrick Donohue.