Fairley tradition continues with bus parade, assembly

Fairley Elementary School physical education teachers Scott Leonard and Lynn Halliwell congratulate students Isiaha Rogers and Kendall Cuyler for collectively raising more than $300 through an American Heart Association fundraiser at the school.
Fairley Elementary School physical education teachers Scott Leonard and Lynn Halliwell congratulate students Isiaha Rogers and Kendall Cuyler for collectively raising more than $300 through an American Heart Association fundraiser at the school.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

As the school year drew to a close Thursday morning (June 26), students and staff at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal 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.

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