The Locust Valley Elementary Parents Council (LVEPC) held the first annual International Food Festival, an event that exposed young students to foods and cultures from around the world.  Held in the Middle School cafeteria in order to accommodate a large crowd, the smells of homemade foods from many countries filled the room and welcomed students and their families.

High school foreign language students volunteered to serve the foods that were donated by families. Participants shared foods from their own backgrounds, helping to create the international flair.

LVEPC members Hayley Byron and Tina Mehta organized the event with the hope that the LVEPC could enhance the elementary school curriculum and provide some fun family time as well. Loretta Pisciotta was instrumental in making the event a success as well, including coordinating the high school volunteers. The price of admission to the event raised $220 for the North Shore Inn Soup Kitchen in Glen Cove. Leftover food was donated to Jones Manor on the Sound in Bayville. With so many people benefitting, the event is already being planned for next year!