2019 Melting Pot Immigration Essay Contest District 1 Winners

District 1 CSJ sponsored an essay contest on the subject of immigration.  Students at the Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown school district
 who were in the Italian language classes were given an assignment to interview a family member who had emigrated to the United States.
The students were then asked to write an essay based on the interview, incorporating 10 responses to questions about the immigrant's experiences
 when coming to America. In addition, they were required to include visuals and/or artifacts. 
Although this was a class assignment required by all students regardless of ethnicity,
only the Italian-American students were eligible for the awards provided by OSIA CSJ District 1.
 

Read the winning essay here
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Pictured from left to right are Mr. Paul McNeil, Principal of Accompsett Middle School, Mrs. Maria Di Liberto, Italian and Spanish teacher,
Haley Sasbon, 7th grade Italian student; Carlie Tocharshewsky, 8th grade Italian student; Isabella Spilotros, 7th grade Italian student,
New York State Trustee Geraldine Iannello Graham and
CSJ District 1 Chairman Charlie Lucie.

Dinner DanceCommission of Social Justice - 37th Annual Dinner Dance
February 26, 2017, Russo's on the Bay
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OSIA CSJ District 1 Essay Contest

District 1 CSJ sponsored an essay contest on the subject of immigration, Students at the Ronkonkoma Middle School in the Conneqout school district who were in the Italian language classes were given an assignment to interview a family member who had emigrated to the United States. The students were then asked to write an essay based on the interview incorporating 10 responses to questions about the immigrant's experiences when coming to America. In addition, they were required to include visuals and/or artifacts. Although this was a class assignment required by all students regardless of ethnicity, only the Italian-American students were eligible for the awards provided by OSIA CSJ District 1. Read the top essays here.

2016 CSJ District 1 Essay Contest

Pictured from left to right is Anne Cajigas (liaison from the Perry Como Lodge); Donatella DiNatale (Italian teacher from the Ronkonkoma Middle School who extended her time and expertise in working with us on this project); first place winner Matteo Muscolo; third place winner Abigail Giel; second place winner Andrew ScardinoCharles Lucie; and District 1 State Trustee Geraldine Ianello Graham.


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Every year the New York State Commission for Social Justice sponsors events that raise awareness of the organizaton and help to provide funding for the CSJ's fight against bias and bigotry against Italians, Italian-Americans and other ethnic, racial or religious groups. The objective of some CSJ events is to foster a working relationship between the CSJ and other like minded organizations and to serve to as a format for CSJ and OSIA members to meet and discuss issues and concerns.

In February each year the NYS CSJ holds their annual dinner dance.

The Annual CSJ/B'nai B'rith Solidarity Breakfast is held in May.

A day at the Races at Belmont Park is held each September.

During the course of the year meetings are held with CSJ and the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) to encourage the teaching of Italian in local schools and to disseminate information to the teachers on Italian culture and history.