P.S. 114 Students Express Gratitude For Courier's Help On Centennial Project
By Dara Mormile
Earlier this year, I received a letter from Elaine Rowe, a fifth grade teacher at Public School 114. With the 100th anniversary of the school approaching, Rowe asked for my assistance in helping research the school's history for the students' senior project. Class 501 would be creating journals with various photos, historical facts and stories.
While I knew little about the school's history, I was happy to assist and provide any information I could. I invited Rowe and a handful of students to our office to look through the Canarsie Courier's bound archives for any information about the school over the last 40 or so years.
I also decided to write an article about the project, as well as the school's centennial.
I looked through various copies of old Courier editions and found accounts of students' lives as experienced by the late historian John Denton, who had written a series of columns called "Little Old Canarsie" that are still published regularly.
Upon further research, I came across articles on changes at the school over the years, including a new addition and other milestones over decades. I shared this information with the students and they were grateful. I also visited the students and asked them to compare their lives with those of students a century ago.
As a token of appreciation, students from Class 501 sent me several handmade Thank You cards filled with personal expressions of gratitude, which I genuinely appreciated and are featured on this page.