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Hundreds of Alumni and Friends Attend
Public Kick-off of the Foundation

Foundation Chairman Charles McVean (Class of '61) explains his ideas for a greater East High School.

Alumni representing decades of graduating classes of East High School gathered in the gymnasium Monday night, December 6, 2004, to hear the initial plans for The Greater East High Foundation to help academic performance at the school.

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Principal Barbara King welcomes the alumni and friends

Principal Barbara King and Foundation Interim Chairman Charles McVean discussed the "20/20 Vision Student > Student Tutoring Program" which is expected to begin in January. A dozen or more students with high grades who have expressed interest in tutoring other pupils were in attendance and were recognized. Mr. McVean emphasized the Foundation's desire to become part of the student's extended family to instill the American work ethic, competition, and rewards within the student population at East.  He announced student tutors were to be paid $10 an hour for their work and his hopes a bank would put a branch in the school to make depositing the money into savings or checking accounts easy for the students.

The chairman of the Foundation recited a quote suggesting that among a person's goals through life should be "to learn, to earn, and to return."

"Think about it," he told the alumni and reminded them that East High's educational offerings decades ago had afforded them great opportunities in life.

McVean went on to say that the Foundation was not yet asking for donations, though that would come later. He did ask for volunteers to help the school. Details of volunteer opportunities will be forthcoming soon.

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Hundreds gathered in the East High gymnasium to learn more about The Greater East High Foundation

The school students also put on several performances for the crowd, including dance routines, songs, music, JR ROTC color guard presentation of colors, as well as student leaders telling the Foundation what they would like to see it do for the school.

Photographs courtesy of
Mason Ezzell ('62)


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