The Homer Central School District honored its 200th year of state-approved education by unveiling a historical sign recently in a ceremony at Homer Elementary School.
The historical sign serves as a tribute to the educators, students and families that have kept the Homer Central School District prosperous over the past two hundred years.
The sign is a product of collaboration from the community. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation provided grant money to help fund the project and the Village of Homer installed the sign on the village green where it will be a permanent fixture for all to see. In order to do so, permission had to be granted by the First Religious Society of the Town of Homer who own the land where the sign sits.
“At an event like this we get to celebrate the history of education,” Homer Superintendent Thomas Turck said during a speech at the unveiling. “But just as importantly, it gives us an opportunity to rejoice in the present as well as the unlimited possibilities for the future of education here at Homer.”
Students in the second grade at Homer Elementary attended the ceremony and created artwork to depict what they think school was like for students two hundred years ago. The students proudly displayed their artwork for bystanders to enjoy following the unveiling of the historical sign.
“It was great to see the second graders participating in this event,” Village of Homer Historian Martin Sweeney said. “This is what it’s all about. It’s for the children.”
At the ceremony’s conclusion, the school bell from the Academy of 1893 rang loud and proud in celebration of the rich tradition of education at Homer.