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HBE Celebrates 40 Years of Educational Excellence

HBE Staff and Students Salute the Past 40 Years, Look Ahead to the Next 40

December 5, 2016 - Cuddebackville, NY - On Monday, December 5th, the Port Jervis City School District celebrated 40 Years of Excellence at Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School. HBE students and staff gathered for a special assembly, joined by more than 30 former staff and several former students.

On display in the Media Center were historic photos, yearbook memorabilia, and newspaper articles about the history of the school. A commemorative plaque honoring the day was issued and 2 new picnic tables were donated to be put in the school yard. The tables were built by middle school technology teacher Dave Gibaldi and his tech students.

A Proclamation from The Town of Deerpark was presented by Orange County Legislator Tom Faggione and New York State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec. Brabenec went on to declare Monday HBE DAY on behalf of the NYS Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

PJHS Hall of Famer and former HBE student Evan Mack composed a song for the school. The song, titled “HBE Alma Mater”, was performed by the high school chorus. They were joined by the student-body of HBE who sang along.

“I am proud of the HBE students and staff who worked hard to make this event so memorable”, said Principal Jared Kahmar.

HBE opened in 1975. After an addition finished the first phase of the building project, the official dedication ceremony took place December 5th, 1976. Monday's event paid tribute to the original staff and students. Port Jervis School Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi thanked those who attended and offered some words about the school entering its fourth decade. “Forty has never looked so good”, said Bongiovi.

The staff, students, and special guests enjoyed a great event that paid tribute to our past, look forward to the future, while celebrating the gift of our present.

HBE Celebrates 40 Years of Educational Excellence

HBE 40th Year Celebration Slide Show