From back left: ELEF Development Director Dorsey Gude, School Superintendent Dave Chapin, and ELHS Class of '71 classmates Gary Mescher, Judy Foley and Nancy Fortino Bates join MacDonald Middle School cheerleaders in the $18,050 class endowment fund check presentation at the recent East Lansing vs. Okemos football game.
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They came, they saw, they contributed
East Lansing, MI - Some came from across town, some traveled from the other side of the world. Everyone who attended the 40th reunion of the East Lansing High School Class of 1971 in July had the chance to renew old friendships and get a better understanding of the school system's financial challenges.
Reunion organizers Suzie Courey Scott and Nancy Fortino Bates made sure a tour of the high school was part of the reunion experience. Superintendent Dave Chapin welcomed alums as they arrived for the Saturday morning tour, and ELHS Principal John Brandenburg gave an extensive tour of the facility. The relatively recent renovations impressed Class of '71 "tourists," and left a few scratching their heads wondering where some of the landmarks had gone from their time in the building.
The class reunion dinner included an appeal to fund a first of its kind Class of '71 Endowment for the East Lansing Educational Fund in the amount of $15,000. The commitments started coming in that evening, with Bruce Abbey offering a $5,000 challenge pledge to get things started.
The $15,000 goal was reached within 60 days and, at the last home football game of the season, members of the Class presented their $18,050 endowment to the Education Foundation in front of a cheering home crowd. Suzie Courey Scott added, "We hope that future ELHS class reunion gatherings will follow the lead of the Class of '71 and do their part to support the East Lansing Educational Foundation. We have such great memories of our time here and want to make sure the level of educational excellence is maintained."