Town of Islip Hosts Annual Youth in Government Day

Islip, NY - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was recently joined by local middle-school students at the beginning of the 2016 Youth in Government Day, which is sponsored by Elks Lodge 2533 of Islip. Supervisor Carpenter introduced the students to the basics of town government, before answering questions on her job and the role that government plays in everyday life.

After these brief remarks, the students were led on a tour of several Town facilities. In the past, students have visited the Recycling Center and Waste Energy Facility, and this year they were given a tour of the Town’s Compost Facility in Ronkonkoma. The students watched as yard waste and other organic material was converted into compost and mulch, which is then sold to companies and given out to residents at designated Town sites.

Following the Compost Facility, the group was driven to the MacArthur Airport Fire and Rescue Department, where employees demonstrated the equipment that will be used in the event of an emergency. The students were able to see the hose trucks in action, and were given a chance to climb aboard the trucks and get a feel for what it’s like to serve as a first responder at MacArthur Airport.

“It’s vital for young students to understand the role of government and civic institutions,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “I want to thank the teachers, administrators and the Islip Elks who made today possible. I hope each of these remarkable students learned something valuable about local government.”