Class of 1974 representatives Marty Stein (from left)

Class of 1974 representatives Marty Stein (from left)

Grads give back to school

The Vernon Senior Secondary School class of 1974 held a reunion last summer

The Vernon Senior Secondary School class of 1974 may be spread out all over the globe but they are still giving back to the community that helped raise them.

Last summer, the grads celebrated their 40-year reunion, with close to 200 people attending the festivities.

“It was a hugely successful reunion, so much so that we don’t want to wait another 10 years to have the next one,” said Jane Ohashi.

Included in the weekend were two pay-it-forward events where grads volunteered at the Gleaners, processing food, and at the North Okanagan Hospice Society, painting.

The group raised money with the help of their former classmate Howard Haugom, who owns Quilts Etc., and donated a quilt to each graduate that attended the reunion in exchange for a donation.

With the money raised from the quilts and proceeds from a silent auction, the grads were able to give each of the five high schools in the Vernon School District a $700 scholarship.

They also purchased two podiums for Vernon Secondary School and had a class of ‘74 quilt made for the VSS library.