Pocket Patriotism


The high school's Junior Chamber of Commerce Club recently participated in a Pocket Flag project with the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Rusy-Bohm Post 411 in Islip. The initiative was organized by business teacher Renee DeCrescenzo-Clock, who also serves as the chairwoman of youth and children for the Ladies Auxiliary.

Students joined local Boy Scout Troop 370, Girl Scout Troops 1968 and 128, parents, and other Ladies Auxiliary members for the project, in which a total of 300 miniature American flags were folded and packaged with a supportive patriotic message. Each of the 50 participants included a personal note with each flag, which will be sent to service members stationed overseas in active war zones.

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Marlene Johnston, the legislative aide to Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane Jr., both visited to commend the community for coming together for this worthy cause.

“What a great opportunity this was for our community members to learn about citizenship and the U.S. flag, while developing pride in our country,” said Clock.