Morrow Elementary School Turns 50 Years Old!

Morrow Elementary School Turns 50 Years Old!
Posted on 06/15/2018
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The pride of the Andrew T. Morrow Elementary School Family, the Central Islip School District, the Village of Islandia and the Central Islip Community rang true as friends and families came together on June 14 to celebrate 50 years of academic success at the school. Former principals Betty Ceccarini, Cathy Vereline and Lawrence Nagy, teachers and alumni joined the current administration, board of education, faculty, staff and students at Morrow to reminisce about half a century of memories and what today's youngsters have to look forward to. Dr. Neema Coker introduced an array of guests including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard M. Koenig, School Board President Norman A. Wagner, School Board Members Fred Philips and Glenn C. Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent for Business Kevin Miller, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Sharon Dungee, Islandia Village Mayor Allan M. Dorman, and speakers - Charlie Corcoran (former teacher), Craig Reynolds (current teacher and Morrow School alumnus), Beth Storz (Morrow alumna) and Christopher Bolduc (original Morrow student).The Morrow chorus and band, under the direction of Mrs. Majeski and Ms. Valverde respectively, performed selections popular from 1968, the year Morrow Elementary School first opened its doors. Family members of Andrew T. Morrow were guests of honor. About Andrew Thomas Morrow: Mr. Morrow was born in Northern Ireland in 1911. He graduated from Limovady Tech School, then attended Central Islip High School.  In 1933 Mr. Morrow graduated Central Islip State Hospital Nursing School and subsequently attended Adelphi and St. John's universities. Mr. Morrow enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves in February 1931 to serve his country where he was called to active duty to serve in the South Pacific. On September 9, 1943, the U.S. Naval Reserve awarded Mr. Morrow with the Purple Heart. Following his discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II, Mr. Morrow returned to work in Central Islip State Hospital. He was elected to the Central Islip School Board in 1952. Due to rapid population increases, Central Islip Public Schools soon grew to include the eight schools which represent the District today. Mr. Morrow was involved in numerous local organizations including American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He founded and chaired the Irish-American Ball Society. On March 6, 1964, Andrew T. Morrow passed. The Andrew T. Morrow School is proudly named in his honor.    

Students and staff buried a time capsule which includes a coffee pot, camera, copy of the Education Report and other current items which will be unearthed in 25 years.