SOMERS, N.Y. The Somers Intermediate School was built exactly 40 years ago and the students and faculty are spending the entire week in celebration.
Festivities kicked off Friday evening with the school's traditional birthday party featuring carnival games, a haunted house, arts and crafts, tattoos, face-painting, prizes, raffles, all sorts of treats, like popcorn and cotton candy, and the culmination of every students dream the fifth grade's Club SIS, which takes place in a pitch black room with flashing strobe lights and emceed by a disc jockey.
No grown-ups are allowed in there, said parent Rochelle Wainer. This dance is a rite of passage. They look forward to it for years.
You cant wait until youre in fifth grade to get into that room," added Corinne Stanton-Procopis, herself an alumna of SIS. I have great childhood memories of this night with friends. In those days, you wanted to win the big bike or the boom-box. Today they want the iPod.
There was some disagreement among the guests about which was more exciting, going to the SIS Club or getting into the haunted house.
Every year, its a different haunted house, said volunteer assistant Alie Lambrosa, a ninth-grader. This year its a crazy hospital. There are older kids in there, hiding and they pop out at you. But you can tell them not to make it too scary. You can say, Dont pop out.
The annual birthday party is such a popular event that each grade is assigned a time slot. The third grade goes from 5:30-7 p.m. and the fourth grade from 7:45-9:15 p.m. The upper-classmen, i.e., the fifth-graders, are allowed to attend both sessions.
The school's 40th anniversary celebration ends this Friday when everyone dresses in 1970s attire and gathers in the gym to dance the hustle. They have been practicing during physical education periods.
Principal John Griffiths will oversee the event, dressed in his green leisure suit.
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