South Orangetown Central School District

Twenty-six South Orangetown Middle School and Tappan Zee High School Italian Club and Honor society members—along with advisors Christina Nilson, Maria Bruno and Vittoria Conway—performed the tarantella at the Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast last Sunday!

“Our Italian program was started by the efforts of members of the community, including the members of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy’s Rockland Lodge in Blauvelt, who wanted to give the students of South Orangetown the opportunity to learn the Italian language. We truly appreciate the continued support that the Lodge gives us,” explained Bruno. “Dancing the tarantella as the OSIA Italian Feast has always been a highlight for both the teachers and students in our program. In class, we teach our students about the origins of the tarantella and it’s always exciting to celebrate our love of the Italian culture with the community, especially as we start a new school year! We are looking forward to dancing at the feast for many years to come!”

Throughout the school year, the Italian Club meetings at SOMS and TZHS focus on developing an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture through cooking, holiday celebrations and participation in community-based cultural events. “We maintain a close relationship with the Rockland Lodge and collaborate with them for various activities with our Italian Clubs throughout the year. They also honor students from SOMS and TZHS at their Student of the Month ceremonies, as well as offer scholarship opportunities to our students,” said Conway.

Italian Feast