St. James Elementary Celebrates 80 years of Education

St. James Elementary Celebrates 80 years of Education photo

Alumni, former staff, faculty members and students returned to St. James Elementary School to commemorate the school’s 80th anniversary on June 13.

Fifth-graders served as tour guides, treating guests to guided tours of the building, showing off some of the original pieces and all of its preserved history. The school’s library was transformed into a historical museum, showing off photos, newspaper clippings, yearbooks and more from each of the different decades in the building’s history. 

The St. James Singers performed song’s from their recent spring concert to kick off the ceremony. St. James Elementary School Principal Mary Grace Lynch shared some of her favorite moments in the building. “When we think of St. James Elementary, we think of what a beautiful building it is,” she said. “And there’s plenty to admire and celebrate. But when we really think about it, even though our bricks and mortar are exquisite, what really makes this place special is the people inside of it.”

Smithtown Town Councilwoman Lynne Nowick, an alumna of the school, also shared why she loves St. James Elementary. “This school has been a pillar of the St. James community for many decades,” she said. “This is not just a school; it will always be a home away from home.” Two St. James Elementary teachers, Kimberly Chacon and Kathleen DeBono, who also attended the school, shared their fond memories. To close out the ceremony, the fifth-graders performed a dancing medley through the decades, and guests and students joined together to sing “Happy Birthday.”