School Honors Grad Killed In Accident
Students at the Long Island Lutheran Day School in East Northport rang in the new school year by paying tribute to a graduate who died too soon.
Parent and student representatives, administrators, board members, alumni, teachers, donors and members of Spencer Carr’s family dedicated a new playground Aug. 28 in Carr’s name at the East Northport campus.
Carr, a former Greenlawn resident and St. Paul’s Lutheran School graduate, died after he fell from a balcony at his Rego Park apartment in February 2012. He was 21 years old.
His mother, Alma Carr of Greenlawn, said she is thrilled with the results.
“It’s much larger than I envisioned it to be, but it has all the things that children need,” she said. “It’s good for kids of all ages, too – that’s what’s great. It’s just beautiful.”
Alma said his family began raising money for the project shortly after his death.
“The day that he passed away, very close friends of ours knew that LuDay was looking to build a new playground,” she explained. “You can imagine, as his parents, when it was suggested to us that they would start a memorial fund for it, how would we feel about it? It all clicked for us.”
Since his death Carr’s family and friends raised $110,000, in time for the May groundbreaking on the playground which includes red, white and black swings, slides, tunnels and much more.
The project in her son’s memory was an especially good fit for the LuDay school because Carr had a deep connection to the school and St. Paul’s Church, a place where he told his family that “some of his fondest memories” were made. He transferred to the Harborfields School District after completing third grade at St. Paul’s.
“We did everything there, even though we left the school,” Alma said. “His Boy Scout troop was still out of St. Paul’s. The sacraments he received were done at St. Paul’s. There was a lot of interaction with the school and the church even though we were no longer at the school.”
Remembered as a “pied piper” to whom people of all ages flocked, Alma said her son was “the life of the party,” an outgoing young man who enjoyed music and dancing. When he died, he was beginning to break into modeling and had recently been published as a fitness model.
“It was just starting to take off for him,” Alma said.