VIDEO: Celebrating Bowling Green’s 65th Birthday

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Community members, local officials, students, faculty and administrators gathered to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Bowling Green Elementary School in the district on May 19.

The school was built in the 1950s with the purpose of educating both elementary and junior high school students. The east campus was built in 1951, and two years later, the west building was constructed. At one point in time, student enrollment was more than 1,500.

Opening the ceremony, Bowling Green Principal Maria Ciarametaro welcomed attendees to the celebration of this historic birthday of a terrific school in an exceptional community.

 “We celebrate because the Bowling Green school community is and has always been a wonderful and outstanding community that has seen so many families and children pass through our doors,” said Mrs. Ciarametaro. “We are proud of the innumerable accomplishments and successes of Bowling Green students, past and present.”

The festivities continued with students in grades K-5 performing a “Through the Decades” dance, choreographed by teachers Emily Buckley and Ilyssa Baine. Each grade gave their own performance that displayed music and dance moves from the 1950s to the 2000s, reflecting upon the many years Bowling Green has been educating students of East Meadow. Boosting school spirit was Spike, the school mascot, whose name had been voted on by Bowling Green’s student body prior to the event and revealed during the celebration. The newly designated mascot joined students, administrators and guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to the school as Mrs. Ciarametaro and Assistant Principal Amelia Garcia unveiled the PTA’s gift to Bowling Green: two “buddy benches” at each entrance of the campus, a total of four benches, for students to make new friends at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

The anniversary bash concluded with a performance of the new school song, composed by students and children’s singer/songwriter Rick Charette. Departing students received an Italian ice and Bowling Green drawstring bag as a party favor.

The district extends it gratitude to Bowling Green’s students, parents, staff, faculty and administrators, as well as the community, for aiding in the success of this exemplary school. A special thank-you also goes to all of the committees that helped coordinate this celebration and to the PTA for their contributions.