Resting laurels: Boody students honor namesake former mayor with graveside wreath

Family ties: Members of the Boody family with IS 228’s assistant principle Eric Ierardi and principal Dominick A. D’Angelo honored the late David A. Boody at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Photo by Angel Zayas

It was the wreath they could do for this civic titan.

About 20 eighth-graders from David A. Boody Junior High School in Gravesend laid a wreath on the grave of Boody — for whom their school is named — at Greenwood Cemetery on May 24. The students have been learning about the former Brooklyn mayor’s service to the borough in history class, but the story really came to life in Kings County’s sprawling house of the dead, where they held the memorial alongside Boody’s descendants, said principal Dominick D’Angelo.

“It put things in good perspective for the students,” he said. “The students have done research about him, and we spoke about the importance of respect and giving back. It was an awesome ceremony. We had several members of the family, some of his great, great grandchildren.”

Boody served as the borough’s mayor in 1892 and 1893 (during the Halcyon days leading up to the Great Mistake of ’98), and the students have been learning all about civic duty and the reasons their school is named after him, said D’Angelo.

“It was also a good opportunity to show how we respect and pay tribute for those who made what we have today possible,” he said. “And being civic minded and honoring our namesake.”

Two students also played a musical tribute on trumpets.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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