Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dunham's 140th Reunion

Dunham Elementary School, where I have taught for the past 30 years, has a 140-year history going back to its opening in 1870. By California standards, that's old.

Yesterday we had a reunion of Dunham's former students and teachers. 600 people attended, an impressive number when you remember that the school had fewer than 50 students for most of its existence. Former scholars came from as far away as Georgia and Hawaii. And from as far back in time as the Roaring Twenties!

The class with the best attendance had to be the graduating class of 1989. They had Mr. Gurney for kindergarten, fifth, and sixth grades. We bonded.

The 5 hours reunion went by in 5 minutes, a blur of conversation and remembrance. Here are some photos:

 Some of the graduating class of 1989
Nichelle, moi, Kelli, Kristina, Corinne

Standing with me in the back are Hollie, Kelli
In front of Kelli is Hollie's daughter, Avonlea.

 Some of the current students of Dunham

Mrs. Everson, my current assistant, and her predecessor, Mrs. Frech

Dunham's current kindergarten teacher sits next to 
Dunham's first kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Jones.

The Press Democrat newspaper covered this story. For their account, visit Press Democrat.


geoffreyamyfox4 said...

Words can't describe.......
Thanks for posting these pictures !
I especially love the one of you and Mrs. Jones.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Amy, yes my words just aren't up to the task of conveying the warmth and love that swirled around and among us that day. Thank you for putting this event together. You and Joan and Julie and many others!