PAWS - Partners Advancing West Islip Students

PAWS Board of Directors


 Lisa Portantino
VP for Special Events Jamie Winkler
VP for Membership and Social Media:  Jay Lipman
VP for Marketing Megan Noble
Treasurer:  Mary Beth Jacaruso
Secretary Kim Cirruti
Historian Richard Bocchieri
President Emeritus Tom McAteer


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How PAWS Began

Following its successful introduction at the September 2004 Bicentennial Country Fair, the PAWS (Partners Advancing West Islip Students) Directors and Trustees began making plans to bring current and former community members together in support of West Islip children and their education.  Among the ideas under discussion for this education foundation are a dinner-dance and a drive-in movie at the beach.

Originally initiated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Beth Virginia Blau, this private entity, incorporated under state law and governed by a Board of Directors. is separate and distinct from the school system.  PAWS qualifies as a section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Code.  Resident Laura Ferrugiari volunteered and filed the paperwork during the summer that has granted the acronym PAWS to the West Islip Education Foundation.

PAWS will help build relationships with new audiences not currently connected to the district, such as empty-nesters, senior citizens, alumni, regional community leaders who live outside the district, businesses, and civic organizations.  Foundations are able to apply for grants and matching gift opportunities available only to private, non-governmental entities.

PAWS     P.O. Box  67     West Islip, NY 11795
Partners Advancing West Islip Students