With the holiday season upon us, the Islanders have continued to spread joy to many schools with two of their most popular programs, the We’re All Islanders School Assembly program, sponsored by Supercuts and National Grid, as well as the I.S.L.E. program, which stands for Islanders Street-Hockey Learning Experience. The school assembly tour hit three schools and more than 1,500 students this week with stops at Gardiner’s Avenue Elementary school in Levittown, John H. West Elementary School in Bethpage, and then finally Woods Road Elementary School in North Babylon. During this exciting program, students learned the importance of teamwork through a fun filled assembly hosted by arena hostess Dina and her good friend, Sparky.
Along with teaching youngsters about teamwork, the Islanders have also been trying to get hockey back into the physical education curriculums of many schools through the I.S.L.E. Program. This program allows schools to sign up with the Islanders and receive information about the rules and terminology of hockey. The schools also receive a complete set of equipment that can be used in their gym as the students get to play hockey, some for the very first time, all donated for free by the Islanders. This week, the Islanders stopped at three elementary schools in the Copaigue school district---Great Neck Road Elementary, Susan Wiley Elementary and Deauville Gardens Elementary---as well as Commack Road Elementary. In these four schools alone, more than 2,000 students will now get a chance to learn the great game of hockey!