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Carle Place homecoming reunion attendee ‘blessed’ by upbringing

Robert Jarvis, front, an alumnus and former Carle

Robert Jarvis, front, an alumnus and former Carle Place High School football player, hangs out with some friends from the old days at Carle Place's homecoming game. (Oct. 25, 2013) Credit: Frank Posillico

The Carle Place High School Class of 1983 is celebrating its 30-year reunion today, but got the party started early by reconnecting in the bleachers Friday night as the Wild Frogs -- made up of students from Carle Place High School and The Wheatley School -- took on Cold Spring Harbor.

Robert Jarvis, a former Carle Place High School football player and longtime resident, was reunited with friends from the Class of ’83 and teachers he had not seen in years.

“Coming from a small school we were always the smallest team so we had to work a lot harder,” he said. ”We went up against a bigger town, bigger schools, we weren’t always the biggest, strongest or fastest but we never quit.”

Jarvis, an IT manager at the Port Authority who survived the 9/11 attacks, valued the small-town feel and values he grew up with.

“It is a small niche community where you know everybody,” Jarvis said. “My brothers and sisters went here, my older son had teachers that I had. “

Jarvis’ son, Matthew, who graduated from Carle Place High School last May, is now a freshman at Springfield College in Massachusetts on a wrestling scholarship.

“When you look and get older you feel blessed,” he said. “Because it's not just a school, it’s a community.”

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