UNION, NJ – A dual celebration was held at Holy Spirit School on Sunday with alumni, staff, students and parents observing the 50th anniversary of the school and the dedication of the school library to past teacher and principal Barbara Prescott.

“As we kick off Catholic Schools Week, it seems only fitting that we celebrate Holy Spirit’s 50-plus years of providing quality Catholic schooling,” said Holy Spirit Principal Armand Lamberti.   “And we honor an individual who looms large in our school’s rich history.  Barbara Prescott, with honor, integrity and competence served Holy Spirit School for 40-plus years as a teacher and from 1986 through 2014 as a school principal.  Twenty-eight years of wearing the many hats a Catholic school administrator must wear.”

“We honor your great service to Holy Spirit School by dedicating the Holy Spirit School Library in your name,” said Lamberti.

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A Testimonial Resolution on behalf of the Township of Union was presented by Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  “The Township recognizes and commends Ms. Barbara Prescott on more than 40 years of service to Holy Spirit School.  There is no better individual after which to name the school library.  We extend our congratulations to Ms. Prescott on this prestigious honor.”

Prescott began teaching at Holy Spirit School in 1972.  “She is remembered as a great leader,” said Florio, “with an uncanny reliability and a knack for remembering the names of every student in the school.”  Prescott retired in 2014 and “left an indelible mark on the hearts and lives of the children, facility and parents of the Holy Spirit School.”

Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan presented Prescott with a resolution from the New Jersey State Legislature.  “There’s no job too big or too small for a Catholic school principal,” said Sheriff Cryan, “but there’s no legacy bigger.” 

“I am so deeply grateful,” said Prescott.  “Holy Spirit has been my second home while I was here and I do miss it tremendously.  I think of you all the time.  My love goes out to everyone.”

Principal Lamberti then unveiled the signage that will hang “proudly for many, many years to come in honor of this fine lady who served this school so honorably and so competently for so long.”

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