A ‘Moving’ Celebration of the Arts at Gribbin


Gribbin Elementary School in Glen Cove recently opened its doors to the community for a Celebration of the Arts.

With acoustic guitar in hand, music teacher JoAnn Criblez led students in song throughout the evening. The night’s theme was the “Bebop Express,” based on the book of the same name. Children read the book aloud as part of the event, with librarian Robin Schapira leading the way. In fact, many of the songs of the evening were in the spirit of the locomotive.

Gribbin students also demonstrated the dance moves they learned from Mickey Davidson, a local professional jazz and dance artist who has been working with youngsters at the school teaching them dance movements for five years. One of the highlights of the evening was when Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria joined the second graders for a fun rendition of “High Hopes.” Dr. Laria performed later that evening with the Glen Cove High School jazz band at their spring concert.

Student artwork, created under art teacher Lee Ann Palazzo, was also on display throughout the Gribbin halls. In keeping with the theme, teachers decorated the school with colorful rail tracks to guide visitors through the art exhibit. Starbucks and Marino’s Italian Ice provided refreshments.