A special assembly was held last Wednesday, March 28 to thank former Stadium Drive alumni for helping bring together the school's first science lab. Dr. James Chengelis made the trip to Boardman from his home in Boston, just for the assembly.
"Without Dr. Chengelis, the lab would not have been possible," said Stadium Drive Principal Jim Goske. "That is why we have named it the Chengelis Science Investigation, or C.S.I. Lab.
Chengelis knows the importance of helping the school that got him started in life. He went through Stadium Drive in the 1960s and from there, became a successful physician specializing in psychiatry. Along with his practice of over 25 years, he is passing on his knowledge as an instructor at Boston University's School of Medicine.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Learning about wind speed in the new Stadium Drive science lab are kindergarteners Sami DeFabio, Sean Guerriero, and first-grader Gia Triveri with the person whose support made the lab possible, Dr. James Chengelis.
While living a busy life, Chengelis never forgot where he started. Last year, he was at Stadium Drive for the dedication of the school's new library that he helped through financial support. This year, his focus has been on the science side of education.
"Science helps open every door," he said.
Chengelis has been sending funds to support the new science lab by providing tools and gizmos designed to stimulate the mind. He visited the lab on Wednesday and got to see a lot of the items he has helped obtain, one of which was an electronic mobile of the planets.
"I remember being fascinated with the moon when I attended school here," he said. "Now I can see others showing interest."
The new lab even contains child-sized lab coats that have the Stadium Drive logo printed on them. The kids wear them when they are in the lab, which lends to the feel of being a real scientist.
Chengelis said he is happy to see the new lab and watch the students as they get involved in science. He said it is important to get behind endeavors like this by giving back.
"We have to remember to give back, especially at the elementary level where we all got started," he said.
While the new Chengelis Science Investigation Lab was officially dedicated on Wednesday, Chengelis said it is far from done where he is concerned.
"I plan to continue to send items and money to grow the science lab," he said. "Everyone needs to give back. If we don't, then we fail as a society."