The East Islip Middle School’s student government and National Junior Honor Society teamed up recently to host two fun-filled educational activities to benefit a local food pantry.

Movie Night on Oct. 26 found students enjoying an evening at school watching the classic Halloween-themed film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” In lieu of an admission fee, all of the attendees brought in at least three nonperishable food items to donate.

The second event took place on Election Day. The middle school’s students had an opportunity to participate in the democratic process and vote for the presidential candidate of their choice by bringing in a nonperishable food item and placing it in one of two boxes, depending on their choice for president. Each student who brought in a food item and cast a vote was entered into a raffle for a Target gift card. The school’s mock election results mirrored the national election, with President Obama claiming a 53 percent majority of the votes and candidate Mitt Romney receiving 47 percent. The winner of the raffle prize was Gregory Cassiano.
A total of 11 large boxes of food items were collected through these two events for donation to the St. Mary’s food pantry.