South Point class of #8217;69 gives back

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SOUTH POINT — Doug Conley can’t tell you why they do it. Only that they do and with an enthusiasm and dedication not seen in many high school classes.

They are the South Point High School Class of 1969 and once again, they have given a substantial donation back to their school.

Recently, the class presented school officials with a check for $2,500. That money will be divided among three projects: $1,000 will go to the science department; $500 to the band; and the remainder for a flag pole.

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“Our class is the only class in the history of the school that has done different things to put money back into the South Point school system,” Conley said. “All the classes over the years have class reunions. But they only try to have enough money to have a class reunion. We put forth effort to get money to put back in the school.”

So much so that the class recently became incorporated.

“It has become a business,” Conley said.

The class also has been asked by South Point to start up an alumni association for the school system.

But when Conley is questioned on why the class is so dedicated to its alma mater, he is at a loss for words.

“We really don’t know. We are like brothers and sisters. We stay tight,” he said.

Each month a committee meets to discuss possible fund-raising ideas and plan its annual picnic and auction where anything can go up on the block.

“We’ve had everything from old love letters to handmade blankets from the class,” Conley said. Sometimes an alumni may even put up a car.

Then every three years, the class has a two-day reunion.

But as much as the class enjoys the fellowship, it is just as focused on assisting the school.

“We want to give back to the school for what we felt they gave us,” he said. “We are trying to channel money for classroom needs and small scholarships to help with books.”