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Tis the season for family and class reunions

Within the past few weeks, I’ve noticed there have been several high school class reunion announcements in the Tomahawk. I enjoy class reunions. I am happy to get the chance to see members of my class once again. In fact my class, the class of ’56, has scheduled a reunion in September. It’s really hard to believe but it has been 57 years since we walked out of the old high school building that now houses Heritage Hall and various offices to go on to different journeys in time.

Other types of reunions include college reunions and family reunions and perhaps there are others. But one type of reunion that I had not heard about until recently was an elementary school reunion. Some folks who were students at Dewey Elementary School got together recently and planned a Dewey Elementary School Reunion. I was unable to attend the meeting but I was a student at Dewey from first grade through eighth grade. Back then there were no Kindergarten or any other kind of pre-school programs.

We are in the process of trying to notify former students of the school who were there until consolidation took place. Plans are to have the reunion in the Crewette Building that is located across from the Johnson County Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. The date set for it is Saturday, October 19, 2013. The reunion will start at 2:00 p.m and the dinner will begin at 3:00 p.m. The reunion is for former Dewey students and their spouses and the cost is $12.00 per person. Dress will be casual. The dinner is to be catered by the Levi Retirees. Reservations must be in by September 15.

Checks may be made to Dewey School Reunion, c/o Lois Church Long, 156 Butler Lane, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

I hope to see you there.
Lately, I’ve found myself reminiscing about my days at Dewey Elementary. I can still remember some details about the building. It was a white-frame structure that had one large space inside with an accordion type wood partition. Facing the building the Big Room (grades 5 through 8) was on the left. On the right was what was called the Little Room (grades 1 through 4). There was a stage in the Little Room. In times of graduations, programs or plays the partition was pushed to the side to allow a larger audience. Students brought their lunch until the hot lunch program was initiated. After that we had a kitchen and the food was prepared on site.
The rooms were furnished with a desk for the teacher, a few shelves for books, a large pot-bellied stove in the corner, and desks for the students. Some of the teachers were Mr. Mark Reece, Mr. John A. Shoun, Mrs. Rena Shoun, Mr. R. Clyde Wilson, Mrs. Alta Loyd, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Madge Nave.

Students made good use of the large schoolyard with various games such as touch football, outside basketball, baseball (with a sponge ball) and other games. It was a wonderful time in my life and I feel others who were students there feel that way too.