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Originally published: 2012-09-13 13:45:00
Last modified: 2012-09-13 13:45:00

Newland School Reunion Saturday

Nancy Morrison

Old friends, a familiar place and lots of memories will hold center stage at the 6th annual Newland School Reunion this Saturday, Sept. 15, at the old Rock Gym in Newland. 

Don’t sit and wonder what has become of your classmates – come and find out and take part in the fun.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. for registration, visiting with friends and classmates and browsing through old pictures and collected memorabilia. There will be a short business meeting and program with cash prizes at 4:30 p.m.

This year, a photo booth will be set up from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for any classes or groups that wish to get together for a picture.

The honored class this year is the Class of 1962, so students who were in that class should make a special effort to attend.

Last May, the association awarded its third Newland School Alumni Association Scholarship and two James C. Beasley Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships have been made possible by donations from association members.

Cash door prizes will be awarded at the event, as well as refreshments provided. Anyone who attended, worked or taught at Newland Elementary or Newland High School are welcome to attend, as well as friends and family members.

“Everyone who attends can come in and put their name in a box to register for the door prizes,” said coordinator Betty Erhart. “We’ll have drawings several times during the program, and it has been a real hit over the years.”

Attendance was strong in early years of the reunion, but attendance has lessened a bit in recent years. There are incomplete rosters for some classes, so some people may not have been notified. The reunion, however, is all about helping old friends reconnect.

Erhart hopes anyone affiliated with the schools will make it a priority to return to Newland and visit with old classmates and friends.

“The first year of the reunion the gym was completely packed. We were thinking we had 450 or 500 people. We haven’t had quite that many recently, but we still have a good crowd,” Erhart added. “There was somewhere between 300 and 350 people who joined us last year, so we never really know how many people will come through the door until the day arrives.”

“I’d tell someone he or she was really missing out if they don’t come to this reunion,” Erhart explained. “It’s just been such a blessing to so many people and really enriches their lives to reconnect with people they knew in school. A lot of people I know have maintained contacts between reunions with email and phone calls since these reunions have begun. It’s a way for people to renew old acquaintances and stay in contact with those they loved and enjoyed in school.”

For more information, call Erhart at (828) 898-6335, visit “Newland School Alumni Group” on Facebook or email (bbeatbe@charter.net)