Huntington Awareness Day Celebrates Unity

“Mr. Ben Blair’s reputation is that of a one of a kind teacher and administrator who found something good in every child,” spoke Deputy Superintendent of SHUFSD Dr. Joe Centamore, as he presented the morning’s Special Honoree. Assistant Principal for Guidance Mr. Corey Blair, alongside his family, received this recognition in loving memory of Ben Blair.  thumbnail133771
“Mr. Ben Blair’s reputation is that of a one of a kind teacher and administrator who found something good in every child,” spoke Deputy Superintendent of SHUFSD Dr. Joe Centamore, as he presented the morning’s Special Honoree. Assistant Principal for Guidance Mr. Corey Blair, alongside his family, received this recognition in loving memory of Ben Blair.
Grand Marshall Willie Perez shared his passion for bringing the community together as one. thumbnail133772
Grand Marshall Willie Perez shared his passion for bringing the community together as one.
Thank you to co-chairperson Dee Thompson for leading the organization of such a meaningful day and to Officer Fiorillo and the Suffolk County PD for helping the day run without a hitch.  thumbnail133773
Thank you to co-chairperson Dee Thompson for leading the organization of such a meaningful day and to Officer Fiorillo and the Suffolk County PD for helping the day run without a hitch.
Kids of all ages enjoyed the thrills of an incredible day. thumbnail135282
Kids of all ages enjoyed the thrills of an incredible day.
Walt Whitman Cheerleaders added extra pep to the unity parade. thumbnail133775
Walt Whitman Cheerleaders added extra pep to the unity parade.
Huntington High School Student Leader Daniela Ramos Campos marched with the United Amigos before being recognized as one of the morning’s honorees.  thumbnail135283
Huntington High School Student Leader Daniela Ramos Campos marched with the United Amigos before being recognized as one of the morning’s honorees.
The Latino Heritage Club gave us all music to move and groove to! thumbnail133777
The Latino Heritage Club gave us all music to move and groove to!
Huntington’s color guard kept their flags flying along Oakwood Road. thumbnail135280
Huntington’s color guard kept their flags flying along Oakwood Road.
The Marching Knights of Elwood-John H. Glenn High School kept the beat in perfect time.  thumbnail133783
The Marching Knights of Elwood-John H. Glenn High School kept the beat in perfect time.
The Ambassadors Club shows what it means to stick together. thumbnail135284
The Ambassadors Club shows what it means to stick together.
Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Huntington Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman recognized Ms. Cecilia Blanco for her efforts as Coordinator of Dual Language and ENL Programs in South Huntington.  thumbnail135281
Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Huntington Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman recognized Ms. Cecilia Blanco for her efforts as Coordinator of Dual Language and ENL Programs in South Huntington.
Co-chairperson and Superintendent of South Huntington Schools Dr. Dave Bennardo received recognition from Co-chairperson and “second mom” Dee Thompson, alongside Mrs. Bennardo herself.  thumbnail133782
Co-chairperson and Superintendent of South Huntington Schools Dr. Dave Bennardo received recognition from Co-chairperson and “second mom” Dee Thompson, alongside Mrs. Bennardo herself.

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the South Huntington School District was thrilled to host the Unity in the Community Parade & Fair. First held in 2010, this event has become a tradition to celebrate the community’s unity, diversity, and solidarity. The South Huntington School District perfectly embodies the spirit of this event by encouraging inclusion and supporting the many ethnicities, cultures, and religions that make this community so special.

This year, the Huntington Awareness Day had one of its largest turnouts. The South Huntington School District invited our neighboring school districts to attend, including Harborfields, Huntington, Northport, and Elwood, and it was clear to see how events such as these truly allow for the community to come together as one.

The morning kicked off at Huntington High School, with the Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 color guards leading the parade that traveled down Oakwood Road to Stimson Middle School. Here, students, families, teachers, and community members alike were welcomed to a festival that had something for everyone. From inflatable slides, tasty food, vendors, and live music, the day was not shy of a good time. After an awards program that honored our community’s most valued heroes, those in attendance were able to enjoy a beautiful afternoon amongst friends and family.

The goal of this event has always been to raise awareness and inspire togetherness and solidarity throughout the community. The Unity Parade and Fair was created to bring us all together and celebrate our neighbors, families and local businesses, and this year we proved to do just that. Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible, and thank you to the this wonderful community for coming out and embodying the true meaning of togetherness.

Parade Photo Gallery
Fair/Festival Photo Gallery
Awards Program Photo Gallery