'Rod Serling Day' celebrated in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Rod Serling Day was celebrated in Binghamton Wednesday.

Each year, 5th graders from all 7 elementaries in the city school district travel to the historic Helen Foley Theater at the high school for a program on one of Binghamton's most famous natives.

Serling, who grew up in Binghamton and graduated from Binghamton Central, was the creator and main writer for the classic Twilight Zone television series.

As in previous year's, Serling's daughter Anne spoke to the kids about her father and how proud he was of his hometown.

"I know that he was a bit of a class clown. Helen Foley was the teacher who really turned him around. There's always a teacher that can turn you around as all of these teachers have been so effective with their students.  He loved Binghamton," she said.

Students from each school presented their own ideas for possible Twilight Zone episodes with themes such as bullying, war and sibling rivalry.

Mayor Rich David also officially proclaimed Wednesday Rod Serling Day in the City of Binghamton.


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