Memories after mass as St. Isidore School turns 50

(L-R) Sister Linda Joseph, Senator Ken LaValle, Legislator Ed Romaine and Town Councilman John Dunleavy honor the school’s 50th birthday.

St. Isidore School celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reception for former students, parents, teachers and parishioners Sunday afternoon.

The celebration featured old class photos, a vintage school uniform and refreshments after Sunday mass at St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church. Dozens crowded into the school’s basement as Senator Ken LaValle and Legislator Ed Romaine honored the school with proclamations.

The school was built on Marcy Avenue in 1962, and teaches pre-kindergarten students through eighth grade.

“When you graduate from Catholic school there’s more of a sense of a child that’s going to promote social justice,” said Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, whose wife works at the school. “I think that’s definitely a very good part of what St. Isidore’s brings back to Riverhead.”

Sister Linda Joseph, principal at St. Isidore for the past 20 years, said each year brings challenges but it’s the children that make it worthwhile.

“The children are my be all and end all,” she said.

Current students also attended the reception, many of them dressed in school uniform. One parent, whose daughter is in kindergarten, said the school instills the right values in its students.

“You see for yourself, it’s like family,” said Tom Mielnicki. “This is something different. It’s a feeling in your heart.”

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