Holy Family celebrates retiring teachers

NORWICH – The contributions and careers of longtime Holy Family School teachers Helen Capaccio and Val Dragoon will be celebrated at 6 p.m. tomorrow at a picnic-style dinner at St. Bartholomew’s Parish Center’s pavilion, East Main St., Norwich.

The public is invited to honor Capaccio, who is retiring after 22 years of teaching the first grade, and Dragoon, who is relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio after teaching art at Holy Family School for 17 years.

School principal Eugene Chilion said the two have been “cornerstones” of the education program at Holy Family “for a long, long time” and “are certainly going to be missed.”

“We may replace them physically, but all of the little things that they did to help children and encourage them to do their best and challenge them, that’s what’s really going to be missed,” he said yesterday.

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