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Dropping in on Mr. Pacelli’s classroom

Pupil, teacher recall good old days in fourth grade at Franklin Elementary

Kids from Mr. Anthony Pacelli’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School in Schenectady behave for the camera during the mid-1950s.  Kids at the front table, starting at the right side, are John Templer and Rose Marie Pace. Kids on the other side of the table, starting with the girl in the dark shirt, are Linda Vacca, Gary Lombardi, Norma Romanundi, Richard Marino, unknown, and unknown (at head of table). The four children sitting at the table to the left are Donald McCool (small boy) Chalmers Clark (across from Donald), Sue Larson (in white dress) and Michelle McLaughlin (in back of Sue). Sitting farther back at left are Olivia Insogna (in white dress). The row of three boys in back of Insogna (from top) are Paul Pasquariello, Robert Czarnicki and Joe Cardos. (Boy sitting next to Cardos is unknown). Standing in rear is Mr. Pacelli. The two children standing with the teacher are unknown. June Bater sits in front of those two children.
Kids from Mr. Anthony Pacelli’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School in Schenectady behave for the camera during the mid-1950s. Kids at the front table, starting at the right side, are John Templer and Rose Marie Pace. Kids on the other side of the table, starting with the girl in the dark shirt, are Linda Vacca, Gary Lombardi, Norma Romanundi, Richard Marino, unknown, and unknown (at head of table). The four children sitting at the table to the left are Donald McCool (small boy) Chalmers Clark (across from Donald), Sue Larson (in white dress) and Michelle McLaughlin (in back of Sue). Sitting farther back at left are Olivia Insogna (in white dress). The row of three boys in back of Insogna (from top) are Paul Pasquariello, Robert Czarnicki and Joe Cardos. (Boy sitting next to Cardos is unknown). Standing in rear is Mr. Pacelli. The two children standing with the teacher are unknown. June Bater sits in front of those two children.
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John Templer was in a supermarket parking lot when he met a school pal from long ago. The guys spent a few minutes reminiscing about kids and teachers at Schenectady’s Franklin Elementary. They parted and walked to their cars. Templer said his lost friend remembered one more thing, and called out across the parking lot. “He said, ‘You know, that Mr. Pacelli was the best teacher I ever had,’ ” Templer recalled. Templer agreed. He was ...

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