Clear Stream turns back the clock

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PTA leaders from the three schools lit candles to celebrate the founding of the organization. Mayor Ed Fare, who attended the school and whose grandfather was on the original Board of Education, presented district officials with a proclamation declaring Feb. 26 as Clear Stream Avenue School Day.

Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages also presented a proclamation on behalf of his sister, State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages.

Robert Myers, co-president of Clear Stream’s PTA, said a lot of planning went into the event and he was glad it was successful. He noted that the large crowd made it evident that the school has meant so much to people over the last 90 years.

“I think it was a great celebration,” he said. “I think everybody had a great time.”

Retired staff come back

Several retired teachers and administrators were in attendance, including Robert Cohen, Clear Stream’s principal from 1990 to 2004. Cohen described that time as the best 14 years of his professional life.

“It’s always great to come back to great school,” he said, adding that he enjoyed all the performances as well as seeing former colleagues.

Linda Pratt was the music teacher at Clear Stream from 1969 to 2002. “They were the best years ever,” she said, “because I had wonderful students.”

Pratt said she thought last week’s celebration was well done, and was particularly excited to hear the chorus perform. Like Cohen, she also was glad to catch up with old friends.

Retired sixth-grade teachers David Cooper returned for the first time in a dozen years. He taught there from 1965 to 2001. He recalled his motto as a teacher, “We work hard, we play hard and we eat well.”

Cooper noted that when he taught at Clear Stream, the faculty was a close-knit group, and many still keep in touch to this day. He, Pratt and other retired faculty members received invitations from teacher June Innella, who has been at the school since 1976.

“I was very pleased to see a lot of the retirees return to Clear Stream,” Principal John Singleton said. “The school is very rich in history and has a strong history of providing a quality education to its students.”

Myers added that having retired staff on hand was like “touching history.”

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