The annual Sixth Grade Potluck Dinner brought students and their families together not only for a meal, but for an opportunity to meet and mingle. With a variety of food, Halloween decorations, and a special film created by Locust Valley High School students, attendees were all smiles.

Locust Valley Middle School Principal Howard Hogan said the event is always a huge success. “It’s the perfect place to meet your child’s new friends and their families, to reacquaint with old friends and to enjoy some really good food.” Since children from two different elementary schools join together in the middle school, not all of the families know each other,” he explained. “But after this dinner, everyone is like one big family.”

The Middle School and High School art students decorated pumpkins for the event, some eighth graders volunteer to serve food, and teachers help out as well. Sixth grade class advisors Meris First and Barbara LaBella organized the event down to the very last detail. “It is such a great night,” Mrs. First said. “It’s a Locust Valley tradition and we love putting it together.”

This year, the decorated pumpkins were sold as part of the grade’s fundraising efforts along with reusable shopping bags that are a big hit every year.