“Earth Day at East Islip was a huge success,” said Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip High School’s guidance director and head of the school’s two Career Academies. Over 25 business vendors took part in this spring’s day-long event, which was hosted by the Environmental Green Career Academy.
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Town of Islip Councilmen John C. Cochrane Jr. and Anthony S. Senft Jr. were among the visitors who came to show their support for East Islip and the Environmental Green Academy. Organizations with booths included Keep Islip Clean (KIC), the Town of Islip Green Homes Program, the Sierra Club, the Seatuck Environmental Association, Paul Davis Restoration, Home Performance Technology, Direct Grid Technologies, EJ Autism and local U.S. Army and Marine Corps units.
“Both the International Business Globalization Career Academy and the Environmental Green Career Academy teams had their own booths so that the students could inform people about their programs and their Academy’s accomplishments this year,” explained Malinowitzer. “The Green Academy students helped place all the vendors in their booth areas, helped the vendors set up and provided them with lunch and drinks,” he added.
The Environmental Green Career Academy seniors also walked younger students over from East Islip Middle School to the high school’s courtyard, where they provided seeds and soil for planting to each middle schooler. They also organized a recycling game where sixth-grade students were required to separate recyclable from non-recyclable items.
In a humorous touch, Earth Day participants were given an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Mascot Frogs,” whose costumes were provided by the Town of Islip.