RONDA — On July 20 at the East Wilkes High cafeteria, the Class of 1983 met for its 30th Reunion Celebration.
The class has had at least one meeting planned every five years since graduation. At the meeting in July, 17 classmates and their families met for a covered-dish meal and tour of the school led by Linda Windsor from the EW staff. A second reunion was planned afterwards to see if more people could come. On Oct. 26, the class met at Stone Mountain Hemlock picnic shelter, rented by classmate Todd Byrd. Eleven students and one teacher, Tamara Grayson, met for a hot-dog meal with desserts and coffee provided by Patti Sykes Miller. It was a great time of reminiscing.
The Class of 1983 was the first graduating class to use the Media Center built in 1982. Their senior project in 1983 was to sell senior T-shirts to make money to purchase and install letters that read “East Wilkes Media Center Class of 83.” When the new school was built, the letters were removed and lost. The mission of the class is to install a sign at the front entrance of the media center and letters that read “CARDINAL PRIDE” on the outside wall facing the football stadium — all by the end of the year.
To make this possible, a 19x13-inch print of East Wilkes has been made using photos from the old school and the new school. Each print is available for a $20 cash donation to the school. Receipts are available with each print. A limited number of prints will be made and are available at the East Wilkes office or by calling Sandy at 336-927-7593 and ask about the framing service also available. Prints are on sale now until Dec. 20. If there is extra money from the sale, the Class of 1983 will be making a donation to the East Wilkes Cardinal Pride Marching Band.