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  • 19th Annual International Night

    On Thursday April 19th the High School Commons was filled with family friends and foreign visitors in celebration of the 19th Annual International Night at Hauppauge High School (HHS).  People purchased tickets for six dollars to sample foods from many different nations and to enjoy various types of entertainment including Mr. Kimes and the HHS Chamber Choir, and a beautiful solo vocal performance by Sree Karthikeyan.  For younger children there was face painting and a piñata. Raffle tickets were sold for one dollar. A spectacular array of prizes was up for grabs. See the list of prizes below.

    Sixteen visiting students from Germany were on hand to give an authentic international flair to the evening.

    The advisors of the HHS language clubs hosted the event.  They are Madame Christine Walsh of the French Honor Society, Senora Helen Aigen of the Spanish Honor Society, and Frau Danielle Cardi of the German Honor Society.  

    Here is what they had to say about the event, “International Night first began as a means to unite the French, German, and Spanish Clubs, but over the past 19 years, it has become much more than we could have ever imagined.  Not only does it unite language students, but it unites the entire community. It promotes cultural awareness, acceptance, and understanding by allowing students to prepare ethnic dishes from their own heritage and perform cultural dances or songs. 

    All of the raffle prizes are either purchased in other countries while we are on our school trips or donated by local businesses.  The students begin asking for donations starting in January of each year. When the students have to reach out to community members for help, it teaches them to present themselves in a professional way and they become great ambassadors for our school that help people understand what International Night is really about.

    This activity is almost entirely run by students under the guidance of the language club advisors, Madame Walsh, Senora Aigen, and Frau Cardi.  Each club member is required to bring in a dish which has some cultural significance to him/her. The names and origin of the food are listed in front of each dish at International Night.  Each student is also required to bring in a drink, as well as sell raffle tickets and obtain a donation. Students must also set up, serve, and clean up for the event.

    For the past nineteen years, the price has remained constant due to the mass effort of all of our wonderful students.  For $6 you can eat foods from all different nations and enjoy various types of entertainment. 

    Each year, a portion of the proceeds for this event goes to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  Please support us and this worthy cause.  You can go to www.CCFA.org  for more information about how to help.

    The French Club participates every year in the Crohn’s and Colitis Walk.  This year it will be held on Sunday, May 6th in Belmont State Park. 

    The Hauppauge German Club is sponsoring a wonderful charity event on Sunday, May 27 to raise money for Paws of War.”

    The L.O.T.E. Department Supervisor, Mr. Tim McCarthy, had this to say about the event, “I am proud of our department’s ability to be flexible and to step up to the plate to do what is right for our students. They keep student interests at the heart of everything we do and are willing to go the extra mile.” 

    International Night Raffle Prizes

    1. $166 value from Gold Medal Gymnastic Center, Smithtown (4 classes and registration fee with gift bag)
    2. Roadmaster 26” 18 speed Mountain Bike (black) donated by Liberty Moving & Storage in Commack
    3. One Round of Golf (18 holes with Cart) for 4 people from Smithtown Landing Country Club
    4. $50 Gift Card from Pace’s Steakhouse, Hauppauge
    5. $50 Gift Certificate from The Playwright Restaurant, NY, NY
    6. $50 Gift Certificate from Lynette’s Nail Studio, Hauppauge
    7. $40 Gift Card from Mama Sbarro, Deer Park, Hauppauge
    8. $30 Gift Card from Ulta
    9. $25 Gift Certificate to Three Bambinos Pizzeria, Smithtown
    10. $25 Gift Card from Costco
    11. $25 Gift Card from Costco
    12. $25 Gift Card to Giunta’s Meat Farms
    13. $25 Gift Card from Costello’s Hardware, Deer Park
    14. $25 Gift Card from The Cheesecake Factory
    15. 10 Free cones from Friendly’s
    16. $10 Gift Card from Bagel Chalet, Commack
    17. $10 Gift Card from Bagel Chalet, Commack
    18. $10 Gift Card from Mannino’s Pizzeria/Restaurant, Smithtown
    19. Regular Manicure from Nailicious Nails, Hauppauge Public Schools
    20. $22 Gift Certificate from European Wax Center, Hauppauge
    21. $22 Gift Certificate from European Wax Center, Hauppauge
    22. $22 Gift Certificate from European Wax Center, Hauppauge
    23. 24 Free Tacos from Taco Bell
    24. 5 free admission tickets to the Rinx in Hauppauge
    25. $20 Gift Card from Moe’s Southwest Grill
    26. $20 off Grooming Services from Smithaven Veterinary Hospital, St. James
    27. $20 off Grooming Services from Smithaven Veterinary Hospital, St. James
    28. $20 Pranzo & $10 Pranzo towards a meal at Carrabba’s
    29. $15 Gift Certificate from Best Market
    30. $15 Gift Card from AMC
    31. $15 Gift Card from AMC
    32. $15 Gift Certificate from Buona Sera Pizza
    33. $15 Gift Card from Tilly’s
    34. $10 Gift Card from Dunkin Donuts
    35. $10 Gift Card from Dunkin Donuts
    36. $10 Gift Card from Target
    37. $10 Gift Card and Bread for a Year from Panera
    38. Family Swim ($25 Value) from Hauppauge Recreational Swim Program
    39. 1 dozen free bagels & ½ lb. cream cheese from The Bagel Gallery, Hauppauge
    40. Free Small Square Carvel Cake from Hauppauge Public Schools
    41. Free Small Square Carvel Cake from Hauppauge Public Schools
    42. $15 Gift Card from Starbucks
    43. $10 Gift Certificate to Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
    44. $10 Gift Certificate from Ciro’s Pizza and Restaurant
    45. $10 Gift Certificate from Ciro’s Pizza and Restaurant
    46. $10 Gift Certificate from Ciro’s Pizza and Restaurant
    47. $10 Gift Card from 7-Eleven
    48. 1 month to Fit Body Boot Camp, Hauppauge
    49. $25 Gift Card from Chili’s/On The Border
    50. 5 free admission tickets to the Rinx, Hauppauge
    51. 10 Free Swim Lessons from Blue Ocean Aquatics(At your home or in Hauppauge)
    52. $10 Gift Card to Starbucks and Cold Brew Coffee Mix
    53. FitFreak Training, Hauppauge donated 2 free training sessions and a healthy treat basket
    54. Petvalu Gift Basket (assorted pet goodies and pet care items), South Setauket
    55. United Nations gift set- 3D puzzle One World Trade Center, UN drawstring bag, UN reusable drinking cup
    56. Paris Hooded Sweatshirt
    57. 3 Bobby Flay Cook Books
    58. Gift Set from The Greene Turtle ($15 Turtle bucks, bowl, glass, lanyard, t-shirts)
    59. Kid’s fun basket
    60. $12 Gift Certificate, free Smoothies, 5 free Flatbread Combo Meals from Tropical Smoothie Café, Commack
    61. 6 boxes of assorted Girl Scout Cookies
    62. Ladies’ Gift basket
    63. Movie Basket (assorted DVD’s and candy)
    64. Canadian Goodies Gift Bag (Maple Syrup, Vinaigrette made with Maple Syrup, Mustard made with Maple Syrup)
    65. Candy Basket
    66. Snack Basket
    67. Scratch off Lotto Tickets (Gift Basket) (18 years and over only)
    68. Preferred Publisher’s Gift Bag (assorted magazines)
    69. One Fitness and Nutrition Session at Retro Fitness, Dix Hills

    The L.O.T.E. Department is very grateful to all of the sponsors - this would not be possible without their support. Please stop by and thank them.

    Branchinellis has been a supporter of this event since the first year.

    Alpine Pastry Shoppe of Smithtown donated a plate of cookies for this event.

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