A few short hours later they had an unplanned opportunity to once again enjoy the sunshine when the school was evacuated after someone reported a smell of gas in the building, which mandated that the local firefighters respond to investigate.
The green festivities in the morning were attended by Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Superintendant of Schools Robert Presuto, and others who spoke to the assembled students. Singing groups from Clarendon and Huber Street Schools also provided entertainment.
The morning event concluded with the dedication of a newly planted tree to retiring Principal Pasquale Cocucci.
Upon receiving notification of the issue later in the day, firefighters and police responded to the building. The situation was investigated and declared safe and students returned to classes shortly afterward. --Art Schwartz