Faced with three choices-all of them worthwhile-what would you have done this past Sunday?
Would you have:
- Joined the bridge walkers crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?
- Inspected the dozens of vintage cars at the 3rd annual SHEF Car Show?
- Made a nostalgic visit to Alma Mater on the hill above town?
Given that the Third Sunday in July is a long-established date for one of Steilacoom’s lesser-known traditions, i.e., the annual Steilacoom School/Pioneer Middle School All-Class Reunion, it should come as no surprise that more than 40 former students gathered for that nostalgic occasion. With the school scheduled to close next June, this year’s reunion at the building may have been the last one at that location, commented the 2007 Reunion organizer Roberta Black.
While the gathering’s numbers were considerably lower than bridge walkers or car fans, former grads of the brick school on Nisqually Street made the most of the three-hour occasion on July 15.
Among the crowd of reunionists were Margaret Wilkinson, Milt Davidson (who did walk the bridge earlier that day), Roberta Black, Jeanne Bier, Lenore Rogers, John Korsmo, and John Westby.
Besides the living, the school’s cafeteria also was populated with spirits of long-remembered teachers a such as Janet Tait, Berenice Cox, Janet McVickers, and Blair Taylor, as well as treasured personal school memories.
Steilacoom School Board chairman Al Lawrence welcomed the guests, told them about progress on the new middle school building under construction at Northwest Landing, and spoke about plans for the current school building.
While the red brick structure’s fate hasn’t definitely been decided, Mr. Lawrence assured the guests that there were no plans to “level the building.”
Former and future Pioneer students are encouraged to drive by the new site at Center Drive and Bob’s Hollow Road to view progress on the building that opens for class in Fall 2008. For regular building updates view the construction site link at www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us.
Submitted by Nancy Covert