BLUE POINT - The Bayport-Blue Point School District is getting ready to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the original dedication of Blue Point Elementary School. The district has planned a commemorative community celebration next Friday.
The school’s principal, Tara Falasco, says three speakers at the event will talk about their experiences at BPE – a fifth grader, a senior in high school and a “veteran” of the community whose grandson is also a current fifth grader.
The community event will include tons of pictures and artifacts that the community has donated and shared.
There will also be a table dedicated to Gene Horton, which will include his books and a portrait of him. Horton, a longtime local resident and Bayport-Blue Point historian, passed away last month. He was 77.
A majority of the artifacts that the community will see has been from Horton’s personal collection. Once the event is over, the BBP Library will create a display with some of the information received.
“The process of getting ready for the 90th anniversary has been such an amazing experience,” Falasco said. “Being a fairly new principal at BPE, I appreciate the opportunity to have learned more about this building and its rich history, reinforcing my appreciation of how lucky I am to be a part of it. It’s great to see that the community includes so many generations of families and that the small town feel and support has not changed.”
The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, at Blue Point Elementary School from 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The district is also putting out a call for historical memorabilia donations, from community residents, alumni and friends, to help increase the size of the walking museum that is planned for the event.
Anyone looking to donate old photos, news articles or anything specially connected to Blue Point Elementary School throughout the years is encouraged to contact Melissa Weinstein at 631-472-7860 ext. 8001.
Bayport-Blue Point schools originally consisted of two separate districts: Bayport School District (founded in 1927) and Blue Point School District (founded in 1929). Both districts contained only one school.
The Bayport district used what is now Bayport-Blue Point High School, while the Blue Point district used what is now Blue Point Elementary School. Academy Street Middle School, which was established in 1954, also briefly served as a primary school within the Bayport district.
A merger between the two districts was announced in 1959 and completed in 1961, with Sylvan Avenue Elementary School and James Wilson Young Middle School being added in 1965 and 1975, respectively.