Safe Halloween events took on a whole new meaning this year and the Port Jefferson School District created a memorable event for many young students in the community. Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s Varsity Club members, along with advisers, teachers Deirdre Filippi and Jesse Rosen, put together a well-organized, drive-thru trick or treat event at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School on Oct. 31. With stations that included a number of themes such as sports, superheroes, Willy Wonka, Cat in the Hat, jungle animals, Hawaii, space and spooky Halloween motifs, the volunteers distributed thousands of pieces of candy to the young trick or treaters who visited with their families. “It was a tremendous success,” Filippi said. “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout. Our volunteers teamed up, decorated their assigned tables with colorfully-themed decorations and spent the morning making a lot of kids and their families happy.” More than 200 cars showed up with families eager to share in the safe Halloween festivities. Elementary School Principal Thomas Meehan, Assistant Principal Amy Laverty, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christine Austen and Superintendent of Schools Jessica Schmettan also attended to help hand out candy. “We are so proud of our student athletes,” said Rosen. “They showed us that they can rise above adversity and still find a way to do something amazing for the community.”
1: Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students Abby Rolfe (left) and Brennyn Veit.
2: Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students Christian Jensen, Adam Friedman and Luke Filippi.
Photos courtesy of Port Jefferson School District