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Huntington School Briefs

The Washington Primary School PTA is continuing its membership drive. "This is our school, our children, our community!!!" is the group's rallying cry. Membership is priced at $9. Contact Washington PTA co-Presidents Shari Harris or Terry Moreno at WashingtonPrimaryPTA@gmail.com for more information.

Next School Board Meeting

The Huntington School Board will meet on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public will be given two opportunities to address trustees in accordance with meeting guidelines. An agenda will be published in advance on the district website at www.hufsd.edu.

Class of 1938 Loses Member

Huntington High School Class of 1938 member Alice Bernice Townsend Perks has passed. She was 90 years old. Widely known as "Bernie," Mrs. Perks was born in Port Washington, December 20, 1920. She was an extraordinary volunteer, serving as a founding trustee of the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Society as well as on the board of directors of the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Vanderbilt Museum, among others. She was also a trustee of the Centerport Methodist Church.

Huntington's Class of 1938 was graduated during the school's 77th annual commencement exercises held in the old high school auditorium (now Town Hall) on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:15 p.m. Valedictorian Florence Halbreich spoke on the "Folklore of Old Long Island" and salutatorian Doris Ethelyn Mayer gave an address on "The World at Our Door." Barclay Acheson, associate editor of The Reader's Digest gave an address on "Freedom and Progress." Principal Robert L. Simpson presented academic prizes to the top seniors. Superintendent Raymond C. Burdick presented the class members. Board of Education President Dr. Russell W. Sammis presented each student with a diploma.

A graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Seneca Lake, New York, Mrs. Perks worked at one time or another for The Daily News, Long Island Business News Review, Republic Aviation and as executive secretary for the principal of Harborfields High School.

Mrs. Perks was predeceased by her husband, Oran Fredrick Perks. She is survived by her son William and daughter Alice Caroline Perks Sutton, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Blue Devil Champ Weds

Jack Piana, a member of Huntington High School's Class of 2000 and a former undefeated Blue Devil state wrestling champion, married Lisa Anne Giugliano last Saturday night. The couple was wed at St. Patrick's Church on Main Street in Huntington. A reception followed at the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City.

Mr. Piana earned an undergraduate degree at Rider University and obtained a JD at Hofstra School of Law. He is employed as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County. The new Mrs. Piana is a 2002 Cold Spring Harbor High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell University. She works as a senior fashion merchandising manager at Glamour magazine.

The newlyweds jetted off to Spain for a two-week honeymoon.

HHS Spirit Week

This is Spirit Week at Huntington High School. Students wore their class colors on Monday, fake mustaches on Tuesday, pink for cancer awareness on Wednesday, ugly sweaters on Thursday and blue and white for unity on Friday.

Kiss a Pig at the Pep Rally

Huntington High School students are snatching up 400 tickets to this Saturday night's homecoming dance in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium. With the purchase of each ticket, students get a free vote to nominate a teacher to kiss a pig at Friday's pep rally. Additional votes are on sale for $1 each.

PTA Seeks More Teacher Members

The Huntington School District PTAs are striving to bring every teacher into the membership fold by October 25. Membership costs $9 the year. A PTA membership box is in the main office of each school building. Checks should be made payable to each respective school's PTA (i.e. Washington Primary School PTA).

There is an award for 100 percent teacher membership and PTAs everywhere want to receive it. Some district schools are closer to full teacher membership than others, but the effort is in the home stretch.

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