5th Grade History Hikers
As part of a West Islip elementary school fifth grade program called History Hikers, Gerek Gardens’ owner and long time West Islip resident, Doug Gerek, recently gave a presentation on the history of West Islip at Westbrook Elementary School. In addition to Mr. Gerek’s presentation, Raymond Bell, owner of the former Bell’s Nursery in West Islip, gave a presentation at Manetuck Elementary School.
These maps showed the changes in the West Islip community over time. Through research, students learned about the first inhabitants and settlers of West Islip, studied census reports and even examined historic gravestones as artifacts during a visit to the Babylon Cemetery. To complete their investigation, students were given the opportunity to hear some oral history and interview long-time members of our community.