Model Summer Employment Program Congratulated

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, at podium, congratulates South Huntington administrators, teachers, and students on a well run program.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, at podium, congratulates South Huntington administrators, teachers, and students on a well run program.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, congratulates Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins and thanks County Executive Steve Bellone for his support.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, congratulates Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins and thanks County Executive Steve Bellone for his support.

Suffolk County and South Huntington Schools have found a perfect partnership, one from which our students benefit greatly. The Suffolk County Summer Work Program, expertly integrated here in South Huntington, is adding to the hum of activity in several of our buildings. 

To witness firsthand the benefits of this model program, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stopped by Birchwood Intermediate School last week for a hands-on experience with our students at work. “This is one of the most innovative districts we have anywhere in the region,” said Mr. Bellone of South Huntington. “It’s a little startling to come to a school district in the summer and see it bustling with activity.”

“The activities and programs that are run here [in South Huntington] are both extraordinary and outstanding,” said Mr. Bellone as he acknowledged and congratulated Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

“Our highly creative team, led by Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins, has created something really special here,” said Bennardo.  “We welcome the opportunity to be the home of any partnership with the County Executive’s Office that is good for the children of South Huntington.”

This summer, Stacey Lesko, Youth Unit Director for the Suffolk County Department of Labor, received an increase in funding for the program that enabled close to 200 additional Suffolk County students to experience what for many would be their first job. “Because of this program, our students are learning and better understanding the integrity and value system in the work environment,” said South Huntington’s Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins.

“Our students are learning about professional structure and accountability that will be critical for their success in the working environment,” said Mr. Perkins. “I’m so excited, because when I look at these kids I see doctors, lawyers, and teachers.”

Ms. Harris thanked the County Executive for a program that helps ensure that young people have a productive summer. “Here in South Huntington we have so many bright and beautiful children,” said Ms. Harris. “This summer, thanks to the Suffolk County Summer Work Program, our students are better able to explore a variety of work experiences throughout the district and get an idea of possible career choices, which in turn gives them a direction to pursue.”

At Birchwood as well as in several of our buildings this summer, it’s inspiring to hear our students speak of their pride in their summer employment experiences. The Suffolk County Summer Employment Program is working, and working very well, here in South Huntington.