On Thursday, December 16, some Clinton students and their families attended a hockey game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of the New York Islanders. Organized by Mr. Levin, the event intended to bring Clinton families together in an environment outside of school.
The New York Islanders played a close game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams fought hard until the final seconds of the 3rd period when the Islanders pulled their goalie, Jaroslav Halak, for a chance at one final scoring opportunity. The Blackhawks played strong defense in the game’s closing seconds and won with a score of 5-4, pushing the Islanders into a 4 game losing streak.
Roughly 20 students came to the game. Principal Levin and Carlos De Jesus, a Clinton faculty member, chaperoned the event. The final buzzer sounded signaling the end of the game at around 9:30pm.
Everyone who purchased tickets through Clinton received a discount and all sat in the same general area of the stadium to promote discussion between different families.
Since the game was on Thursday, it made it difficult for some students to attend. A few students noted reasons why they could not make the event. Students described homework, weather, and since the game was later in the night and in Brooklyn, it would keep them out too late for a school night. The majority of the students that came were middle grade students.