WEST POINT CRAB CARNIVAL - HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: 'BRIDGING THE GAP'

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Daily Press - Newport News, Va.
 

 

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That might mean renting a tent to put up outside the van den Boogaard Center where the reunion will take place. Since the "fun- filled evening of visiting and reminiscing" will be from 4 to 10 p.m., [Avril Williams] does not expect everyone will be there at once. But that could happen. The tent would prevent overcrowding in the center, which accommodates 275 "comfortably."

"This will be a night of socializing and visiting with old friends and classmates," she says. "People have requested not to have loud music, so we can talk. We'll have tables and chairs for people who need to sit. We're going to have people in wheelchairs, walkers and with canes."

"A lot of the people coming have never had a class reunion," O'[Connor] says. "They're just so excited."

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MARY MONTAGUE SIKES Special to the Daily Press

Date:

Sep 6, 2007

 

 

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TownSquare | Middle Peninsula

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This year's 25th anniversary West Point Crab Carnival will attract a large number of West Point High School graduates for an unique school reunion, "Bridging the Gap, 1938-1966."

"We've had more fun working on this," Avril Williams says.

She and Helen O'Connor, both West Point High School graduates, have been meeting for several months with a volunteer committee of about 18 members who want to make the reunion happen. More than 650 invitations were sent out earlier in the summer. O'Connor says that more than 300 "yes" responses have been received.

That might mean renting a tent to put up outside the van den Boogaard Center where the reunion will take place. Since the "fun- filled evening of visiting and reminiscing" will be from 4 to 10 p.m., Williams does not expect everyone will be there at once. But that could happen. The tent would prevent overcrowding in the center, which accommodates 275 "comfortably."

A classmate of O'Connor paid the rent and insurance costs for the van den Boogaard Center. Another West Point High School graduate paid for sending out the announcements.

O'Connor is donating all the flowers and will be creating flower arrangements for each table. The centerpiece will be composed of birds of paradise, which are orange and blue -- the school colors. She plans to use burnt orange mums on the other tables.

Williams and Lacy Norman, a classmate of hers, had been talking about having a 50th reunion this year for their Class of 1957. They started working on it in early spring, and it got bigger from there when classes from the 1950s up until 1966 wanted to be included. The class of 1966 was the last to graduate from the high school building that was located on 12th and Lee streets before burning in the 1970s. That high school building opened in the fall of 1924.

West Point High School was established in 1906. Sarah Jane and Freddie Hodges worked to celebrate the 100th anniversary during Crab Carnival last year. Even with the rain washout that occurred, Williams says that about 50 people still managed to show up.

"This will be a night of socializing and visiting with old friends and classmates," she says. "People have requested not to have loud music, so we can talk. We'll have tables and chairs for people who need to sit. We're going to have people in wheelchairs, walkers and with canes."

Williams says the plan is to have tables arranged so that people who can't get around can be visited by others who come to tables to chat with them.

Soft music from the '40s and '50s will be played in the background. Those attending will include students from as far back as the 1930s. One mother and daughter will be attending, representing the class of 1934 and the class of 1964.

"This will not be a sit-down meal," Williams says. "We're trying to keep it as simple as possible."

People are encouraged to make donations or to bring a contribution of a snack. Donations should be mailed to: Bill Rilee, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1238, West Point, VA 23181. Decorations, ice and set-ups will be provided.

"A lot of the people coming have never had a class reunion," O'Connor says. "They're just so excited."

Many of the people planning to attend are from out of state, including some from California, Arizona and Florida, she said.

A special memorial table and display will be dedicated to deceased classmates. It will be candlelit and have flowers, O'Connor says.

Leftover money from the event will be used to create a scholarship or to purchase an item needed in the school in memory of the deceased, Williams says.

After its establishment in 1906, the high school offered only three years until 1913. In 1914, the school had the first class to graduate with 16 credits. Only academic subjects were offered up until 1934, when a commercial department was started. Then in 1941, home economics, fine arts and industrial arts were added to the curriculum. Agriculture was added in 1948. Many attending may remember taking some of those classes.

The 1949 West Point High School yearbook said, "Beginning with the year 1918, the school has been fully accredited by the Virginia State Board of Education, and beginning with the year 1924, it has been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools." *

WANT TO GO?

West Point High School Reunion: Bridging the Gap, 1938- 1966

4-10 p.m. Oct. 6, Crab Carnival Day, Van den Boogaard Center, West Point

Information: June Clawson Gedro, 804-843-3110, juju@crosslink.net

Donations: Bill Rilee, treasurer, P.O. Box 1238, West Point, VA 23181

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