As the school year drew to a close Thursday morning, students and staff at Fairley Elementary School continued a 45-year tradition with a bus parade and assembly.
Happy Day, a celebration born decades ago under the leadership of former Fairley Principal Dr. Joseph Occhino, offered an opportunity for the entire school community to get together and honor one another for a successful school year.
“This is a very special day to thank all the people that help make Fairley School the great place that it is,” said Principal Jody Musa. “All of you are a part of making this building such a great place.”
During the assembly, Musa presented several students and teachers with special recognition.
Honorees included Student Council members; the school’s top fundraisers for the Jump Rope for Heart initiative; fourth-grader Jenna Cole for her performance in the Inventive Minds competition; and soon-to-be retiree Eva Corradino for her 37 years as a teacher.
The celebration also included the donation of a book to the school’s library, which was presented by Rosemary Occhino-Pilawa in memory of her first husband, the late Dr. Occhino.
“As you’re reading this book you’re going to smile, and that’s exactly what Dr. Occhino would have wanted,” Occhino-Pilawa said.