Unity Day Every Day in South Huntington

Special guests provided words of praise and student and community awards were given to well-deserved honorees.
Special guests provided words of praise and student and community awards were given to well-deserved honorees.
There were plenty of boy and girl scout groups representing all of Huntington Township.
There were plenty of boy and girl scout groups representing all of Huntington Township.
Our Wildcat Cheerleaders provided lots of energy along the parade route.
Our Wildcat Cheerleaders provided lots of energy along the parade route.
State Senator Carl Marcellino (center) is joined by South Huntington School District Supervisor Dr. Dave Bennardo, and Huntington Supervisor James Polansky.
State Senator Carl Marcellino (center) is joined by South Huntington School District Supervisor Dr. Dave Bennardo, and Huntington Supervisor James Polansky.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided the greetings for the special day.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided the greetings for the special day.
It wouldn’t be a parade in South Huntington if it didn’t include the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
It wouldn’t be a parade in South Huntington if it didn’t include the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
The Wildcat Marching band along with their neighbors to the north, the Huntington Marching Band, did a fantastic job along the parade route.
The Wildcat Marching band along with their neighbors to the north, the Huntington Marching Band, did a fantastic job along the parade route.
South Huntington’s own “Executive Decision,” provided entertainment throughout the festival.
South Huntington’s own “Executive Decision,” provided entertainment throughout the festival.
Dr. Dave Bennardo and Dr. Jacci Harris present the Excellence in Education Award to retired Board President Mr. Jim Kaden.
Dr. Dave Bennardo and Dr. Jacci Harris present the Excellence in Education Award to retired Board President Mr. Jim Kaden.
Event Co-Chair Ms. Dolores Thompson welcomes our special guests as they kick-off the festival on the Stimson Fair Grounds.
Event Co-Chair Ms. Dolores Thompson welcomes our special guests as they kick-off the festival on the Stimson Fair Grounds.
Groups from throughout the Huntington Township were represented and are sure to grow as this annual event gains ground.
Groups from throughout the Huntington Township were represented and are sure to grow as this annual event gains ground.
The Stimson Fair Grounds provided an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an afternoon of great food, rides and something for everyone.
The Stimson Fair Grounds provided an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an afternoon of great food, rides and something for everyone.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the South Huntington School District was thrilled to host the Unity in the Community Parade & Fair for the first time.  First held in 2010, this event has become a tradition to celebrate the community’s unity, diversity, and solidarity. We are incredibly proud of South Huntington’s role in this wonderful endeavor and appreciate the chance to showcase our outstanding district on a regional stage.

The Unity in the Community Parade and Fair sends a message that our common bond as Americans, and our basic human decency, is strong enough to overcome any differences we have.  Even though the Town of Huntington has unbelievable diversity in terms of ethnicity and culture and religion and wealth, we are all part of one community.  As a community member, each of us has certain responsibilities, including tolerance and lending a helping hand when times are tough.

The South Huntington School District perfectly embodies the spirit of this event.  Located in the heart of Long Island, our district looks and sounds like America in the 21st century.  With our very diverse population, it would be easy for divisions to emerge.  But thanks to the strong leadership of the Board of Education, Administration and our teachers, this has not occurred.

Our success in this area is due in large part to the fact that we have not succumbed to the efforts of others to embroil us in the hot-button issue of the day. In South Huntington, we block out the distractions and focus on the things we can control.  We remain laser focused on our mission:  providing resources and fostering an environment from which the leaders of tomorrow can emerge.  Leaders that recognize that relationships matter and that to solve our most intractable problems, we need forward thinking, empathy, respect, and most importantly, to listen to one another.

For these reasons, in South Huntington, every day is unity day. 

Photo Gallery (Parade & Program Awards)

Photo Gallery (Fair)