Opinion

May 15, 2014

More than a gathering

— Remember your high school reunion? Greeting former classmates and their spouses, catching up on their lives and reminiscing about times long gone by.

Then another 10 years roll around, and you get together again and repeat the same routine. But what if you wanted to make your high school reunion mean something more than a gathering of old friends and acquaintances? Well, at least one local alumni association is doing something to make a bigger impact and they have been doing it for years.

This Saturday in the Valley Point Middle School cafeteria, the Valley Point High School Alumni Association is hosting its annual reunion and will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to students who have some connection with Valley Point schools.

The school complex, off U.S. Highway 41 in southern Whitfield County, included a high school until school consolidation occurred in the middle 1970s. The campus now includes an elementary and a middle school. So anyone who attended the lower-level schools or has a connection to Valley Point High School is eligible.

This year, the reunion will be honoring the Class of 1964, which is supplying three of the $1,000 scholarships. This will bring the dollar value of scholarships awarded by the Valley Point Alumni Scholarship Foundation to $50,000 during the past 30 years.

That sort of giving back to the community deserves applause and serves as a model for other high school alumni groups.

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