HHS Courtyard Project Draws Community Service Volunteers

Huntington students and faculty members pose after a hard day's work.

August 31, 2016

It was hot and brutally humid, but those summer elements couldn’t overcome the enthusiasm displayed by a group of Huntington High School students and staff members who spent several hours working on a project to beautify the courtroom and make the space more useful.

Paul Caleca, a high school dean of students, helped spearhead the donation of four 10-foot long picnic tables by Suffolk Archers, a local organization of which he’s a member. The tables will provide additional seating for students who want to sit outside during lunch periods.

Principal Brenden Cusack sent out a “remind message” to all 931 subscribers to the Text of the Day program seeking volunteers to join the team working on the project to beautify the large area. An energetic contingent of teenagers responded.

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The tables painted and arranged in the
high school courtyard.

Huntington High School students Ian Rodriguez, Danny Arias, Katie Stock, Jennifer Martinez, Davis Umana, Cornelius O’Rourke, Maya DelGiudice, Dianna Schmitt, Hannah Bailin, Fiona Malone, Isabella Malone, Ben Moskowitz, Patrick Sclafani, John Lourenso and Mason Brewster answered the call issued by Mr. Cusack and worked together to paint the four tables blue and white along with a pre-existing bench and then move the items into place.

“These are great kids who chose to give up some of their free time during the last days of summer in order to engage in a project that will benefit not only themselves, but their peers and our school,” Mr. Cusack said. “It was great spending time with them and it is an inspiration to me to see students who are interested in contributing to our school community during their free time. My gratitude goes out to them and to Mr. Caleca, who provided the tables along with the idea to make this a community service event.”

The teenagers were treated to pizza and refreshments for lunch. Participants were awarded community service hours that can be applied to the 2016/17 school year requirement.

“I am grateful to Tom Ehlers, our chief custodian and the staff for their help with transporting and prepping the tables,” Mr. Cusack said. “Their assistance was instrumental to the success of the project.”

The donation of the four tables by Suffolk Archers was worth an estimated $200.