By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Ever wonder what classmates have been up to since graduation?
Former Lester Prairie Public School students will have the opportunity to reconnect with alumni of all ages, during an all-school reunion Saturday, July 16.
“We’re hoping people stick around and enjoy the Prairie Days activities, as well,” school board member Joe Miller said. The Prairie Days 125th celebration will be going on in downtown Lester Prairie Friday and Saturday, July 15-16.
Sign-up deadline for the reunion is Friday, June 3.
Lester Prairie Public School has a list of more than 2,700 students from 1914 to the present.
Those outside the Herald Journal coverage area, about 950 people, were mailed registration forms early, in order to give them enough time to make plans.
So far, more than 50 people have signed up for the luncheon.
“We have a wide range of ages,” Miller said. Some graduated a few years ago, and some graduated several decades ago.
One couple in their mid-80s wrote on their registration form, “If we’re both still alive, we’ll make it.”
The reunion will begin with an all-school choir opportunity at 10 a.m., and band at 11 a.m.
“They can sign up ahead of time or they can just show up,” Miller said.
Tours of the school will take place at noon, and there will be a program at 1 p.m.
Mary Ann Teubert is coordinating the program, and Chuck Thiel will be the master of ceremonies.
An optional luncheon will take place at 2:30 p.m. Those who would like to participate should send a $10 check to Lester Prairie School.
In addition to providing an opportunity to visit with former classmates, the reunion will also help the Lester Prairie School District keep better records of its past students.
For many students who graduated in the past 15 years, the school still has only their parents’ address on file.
Also, of the 950 registration forms that were mailed to alumni so far, several of them were returned undeliverable.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to have an accurate database that we can keep updating,” Miller said.
Sign up by June 3
Thinking about attending Lester Prairie’s all-school reunion? If so, sign up one of two ways by Friday, June 3:
• Mail your name, guest’s name, year of graduation, and $10 payment (only if interested in the luncheon) to:
110th All-School Reunion
131 Hickory St. N.
Lester Prairie, MN 55354
• Or, register online by going to www.lp.k12.mn.us. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “all school reunion.”
Then, click on the link to the left labeled “110th reunion online registration,” fill out the form, and click “send.”
Questions about the reunion can be directed to Joe Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.