Students at East Islip Middle School took on their teachers in Hoops for Hunger last week, coordinated by the school’s student government.

In the fun-filled November 18 basketball contest at the middle school gym, 25 students competed against 10 faculty members in five 10-minute games. The teachers, whose ranks included included Principal Mark Bernard, eked out a narrow 54-52 victory, but the needy were the true victors. Attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food items, which were donated to the St. Mary's Food Pantry in East Islip. Students who brought donations were entered into a raffle to play in mini-competitions throughout the night, including knockout and free throw shooting contests.  

"Hoops for Hunger was a great success,” said teacher Claire Voss, who helped organize the event. “Not only did we collect several boxes of food, but the teachers and students who participated had a wonderful time. It was a great opportunity for the students and teachers to see one another in a different light."