School officials, administrators, teachers and the gathered crowd of Pirates fans were all on hand to celebrate the newly installed artificial turf with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Held shortly before the Pirates football team took the field to face Carey High School, Mepham Principal Michael Harrington addressed the crowd and organized the cutting. Student representatives from every sport were invited to hold the nearly 20-foot ribbon across the new Pirates logo on the 50-yard line. School Board President JoAnn DeLauter, Vice President George Haile and trustee Dr. Nancy Kaplan were tasked with cutting the ribbon.
Superintendent John DeTommaso was also part of the ceremony, describing the celebration as an incredible day that secures for generations of children quality athletic facilities. Harrington described the occasion as a new beginning for the Bellmore-Merrick School District.
On Sept. 20, John F. Kennedy held its ribbon-cutting ceremony to christen the new field, while Calhoun will hold its ceremony on Sept. 27 at 1:45 p.m. before the Colts take on Herricks High School. Browse the photo gallery for a look at the ceremony and stay tuned for continued coverage of the ceremonies at JFK and Calhoun.