Students, residents and local leaders celebrated the first anniversary Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in Huntington Station on Tuesday.
Established in 2013, the STEM School at Jack Abrams teaches students to become scientifically, technologically and mathematically literate. Students use scientific, technological, and mathematical principles in real-life applications that contribute to the community, as well as create new ideas and products.
Additionally, students celebrate and embrace diversity as a fundamental component of their education.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Superintendent James W. Polansky, Board of Education trustees Jen Hebert, Xavier Palacios, Emily Rogan, Tom DiGiacomo, Bari Fehrs, Bill Dwyer, dozens of fifth graders and parents and Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer, attended the event.
“Well done,” Bellone said. “It took hard work, commitment and determination of everyone to provide our students with they deserve.”
The elementary school, which was closed in 2010 because of concerns about violence in the neighborhood, reopened in September as a school specializing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
“This year anniversary is a tremendous accomplishment," Spencer said.
"The STEM Magnet Academy is providing instructional building blocks to develop lifelong learners for the 21st century," he added. "I wholeheartedly support their mission and wish them many more years of success.”