East Islip High School’s Career Academies hosted the school’s second annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on October 15, partnering with Sayville Ford to attract over 250 community members to the "Drive One 4 UR School" promotion.

This test-drive program enables Ford Motor Company to help high schools raise money to support extracurricular activities. Ford donated $20.00 to the East Islip Career Academies for every person who tried out one of Ford’s dozen new vehicles in the high school parking lot. The event was beneficial for both the school and for local business, explained Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s Director of Careers and Student Services. “It raised awareness of the new cars that Ford is making available,” he said, “and provided the students in the Career Academies an opportunity to raise funds for their yearly educational trip to Key West and the Bahamas.” The connection is also a direct one – 2011 East Islip High School graduate James DiGiovanna started an internship at Sayville Ford last year in the course of his work in the Environment Green Career Academy, and now works full-time at the car dealership, where he assisted in organizing the event.

Aside from the pancake breakfast, the event also included basket raffles, popcorn and cotton candy sales, and rousing performances by the school’s kickline and band, as well as the supportive presence of Suffolk County legislator Tom Cilmi and a contingent of marching Marines from Bay Shore.

“Drive One 4 UR School was very successful in providing the students with their first fundraiser of the school year, and it inspired new bonding in a program supported by family and friends in the community,” said Malinowitzer. “We thank all the people who came out to test-drive, and Sayville Ford for their efforts in staying four hours to make the event such a success.”