During the Spring, 2019, our Class was approached to join the efforts of the Classes of 1965, 1966 and 1968 in their “experiment in generosity” to support the 50th Reunion Leadership Spirit Scholarship, administered by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. It was through the inspiration of Mike Hughes (1966) and the efforts of the Class of ‘66, the scholarship was created to provide financial support for YSHS graduating seniors who “demonstrate the qualities we believe will make the world a better place for future generations”. Since then, three additional graduating classes have joined the ‘experiment’.
Thanks to the tremendous planning efforts of Deb Casenhiser and Tom Gray, the Class of ’69 celebrated our 50th class reunion over Labor Day weekend, 2019, when we became the most recent class to join the “experiment in generosity”. For many, it was the first time reconnecting with old friends and classmates as we returned ‘home’ and celebrated coming back together. During our reunion, we realized we have more in common than we thought 50 years ago. We laughed, reminisced, and also remembered the 15 classmates who are no longer with us. Our graduating class was 84 members strong, and 36 were able to attend, coming from the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between. Especially meaningful was having several classmates who started with us in primary school but had subsequently moved, returned to join us for the fun-filled celebration in our hometown of Yellow Springs.
When we turned to the “business” of discussing participating as a class in the 50th Reunion Leadership Spirit Scholarship Fund, it became readily apparent the members were unanimously supportive. We established a first year goal of $4761 and are proud to have exceeded the goal. The Class of ’69 members are eager to share its generosity with a YSHS graduating senior as soon as she/he is selected.
We’re grateful to the preceding classes for inviting us to participate and are honored to continue supporting our hometown. Yellow Springs will always be a part of us.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
– Albert Pike
Class of 1969