Afterschool Snowflakes in East Islip

Students in the afterschool programs in all four of East Islip’s elementary schools were treated to a special snowflake-themed activity this month.

At each school, Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s 1998 children’s book “Snowflake Bentley” was read aloud by East Islip High School senior Scott Cole. The book, with award-winning illustrations by Mary Azarian, tells the story of Wilson Alwyn "Snowflake" Bentley of Vermont, renowned for being one of the first photographers to capture the unique beauty of snowflakes on film.

After the readings, art teacher Heather Toomey and several other high-school volunteers helped the children create 3-D paper snowflakes as a collaborative installation to hang in their respective schools.