Community Collaborates on VetVan Project

Community Collaborates on VetVan Project

Over the course of several months, all six schools in the district collaborated with the East Islip Teachers’ Association and East Islip School-Business Partnership in raising more than $2,000 to help the VetVan project. Student representatives Meagan Diaz, Grace Micali, Miranda Stockton and Sean Togher attended the March 27 meeting of the East Islip Community Chamber at the American Legion Hall to present the funds to the veterans of the East Islip American Legion and thank them for their service.

The VetVan program was pioneered by the East Islip High School Career Development Program and local business Lee’s Auto Body, who are donating a van to the East Islip American Legion to be utilized by any local veteran who needs a ride to the doctor, shopping, a parade. The monies donated from the school community for the VetVan project will be used to provide insurance coverage for the van. Streaming Steve’s Auto of East Islip offered to maintain the van with oil changes and general maintenance for its lifespan, after the veterans receive it. Through the school’s CORE work-based learning program, two East Islip High School students, Adonees Akl and Timothy Carberry, were given an opportunity to spend six months working on reconditioning the van at Lee’s Auto Body guided by Lee’s owner and Community Chamber President Gary Teich.

“While these two young men have learned many great skills in the automotive field, they are also learning the valuable skill of helping others,” said teacher Bridget Lopiccolo. “With the help of the community and school pulling together to support such a worthwhile cause, veterans will be able to get what they deserve – to be supported because of their selfless service.”