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Former Honey Hollow Students, Staff Celebrate School's 50th Anniversary

The community reunites to remember the 'family' of Honey Hollow, that made it such a special place in the hearts of so many.

Hauppauge school district closed the doors of Honey Hollow Elementary School in 1979, but its memories have lived on in the actions and achievements of its former staff and students.

Dozens of former Honey Hollow students and staff gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school's grand opening in 1961 on Saturday at the Smithtown Elks Lodge.

Among those present were Connie Knott, a one-time teacher and former assistant principal; Kay Young, wife of late principal Robert Young, and more than 20 other staff members.

Groups gathered over a buffet to share memories of their first day teaching in the 'family-like atmosphere' created by Young at Honey Hollow, while students remember the air raid drills of the 1960s and sledding behind the school, where LIPA power lines stand now.

"It was a special time. It was such a good time to grown up in" said former student Elizabeth Mooney. "The schools simply don't have as much funding today."

Angie Carpenter, republican candidate for county executive, presented the Honey Hollow reunion committee with a proclamation declaring Aug. 6 as "Honey Hollow Elementary School Day" in Suffolk County.

Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan and Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio sent proclamation as well, recognizing the achievements of Honey Hollow through its students, that it laid a foundation for them to follow through as successful adults.

Geri Richter, current president of Hauppauge's Board of Education, had the biggest surprise of all, unveiling a time capsule from Honey Hollow's cornerstone dating back to 1962.

Check Patch later this afternoon for video of staff, students memories as well as a photo gallery of the time capsule.

Jason Feinman August 08, 2011 at 08:01 PM
It was a great school and it was a shame to close it. When I compared it to Bretton Woods, I thought Honey Hollow was a better school.
Karen August 09, 2011 at 05:34 PM
It was a wonderful reunion!! Honey Hollow was more than just a great education... it was also a family
Ramona Bisono August 12, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I am sorry I missed the reunion. My family grew up in this community and we are still here. My fondest memories are by far Honey Hollow and my classmates, Mr Young and the entire staff, safety Patrol, Sitting on the classroom radiator sing songs like seasons in the son by Billy jack and I don't like spiders and snakes. We had a wonderful experience. Thank you all for those memories! Ramona Messina Bisono
Terence Hanrahan March 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Hi Ramona, Long time since this event so maybe you won't see this post, but the song you reference was a hit in Spring of 1970 when I was a fifth grader at St. Patricks School in Smithtown but my Mom was a first grade teacher at Honey Hollow from 1965 to 1971. Might you remember a first grade teacher named Mrs. Hanrahan? Terence Hanrahan terencehanrahan@yahoo.com
Leisha Rister December 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I only attended Kindergarten at Honey Hollow (mid 60's) but have fond memories of my teacher, Mrs. Cucci (pronounced coo-chee). She was so sweet and used to take our class on hikes through the woods that used to be across the street.

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