Are you considering planning a reunion for your class but need some guidance? Below are some frequently asked questions when it comes to planning the event.
Who can plan a reunion?
Typically, reunions are coordinated by a classmate who was elected a class representative senior year. A reunion committee is then created, comprised of classmates interested in helping plan the reunion.
How do I know if a reunion is being planned?
Committee members reach out to classmates via mail, e-mail or phone call. If they cannot find your most recent contact information to send you an invitation, you might find your event online. Many reunion committees will reach out to fellow classmates on the class Facebook page. If nothing can be found online, call Bailey Otto at 314-983-5317 to see if the school district has been made aware of an event for your class.
Can a tour of the high school be scheduled for our reunion festivities?
Yes, the National Honor Society students offer tours of the building to reunion groups. Contact Jim Goldwasser at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
Are reunions provided with funds to help pay for the event?
At this time, funds are not provided to help pay for reunions. However, the Ladue School District offers services such as printing and mailing for a lower cost than retail outlets. Also, district building spaces can be rented free of charge. The district’s food service provider, Chartwells, has also worked with reunions to provide food and beverages at a discounted price. Contact Jenifer Strohbeck at 314-983-5421 to rent district space or to use Chartwells’ services.
How should the reunion class handle money?
Typically, the reunion coordinators will set up a checking account in the class name and will add the reunion committee members to the account. Another option is to set up a PayPal account to accept credit cards as a form of payment for the reunion activities.
How can I contact classmates for the reunion?
Reunion coordinators can request a class list in Excel format and mailing labels by sending an email to email@example.com.
What are some venues that past reunion groups have used to host events?
How can classes easily give back to their alma mater?
Classes can give back by coordinating classmates to give in honor of their class, in the name of a favorite educator, or for other initiatives (i.e. naming rights at the renovated high school). They simply need to decide among themselves how to designate the donation and spread the word to fellow alumni. Donations may be made online, https://www.laduefoundation.org/donate/, or by checks payable to “LEF,” mailed to 9703 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63124; simply include class gift information on the memo line.
If you need assistance in planning your donation or deciding how to designate it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One example of a creative gift was the donation from the class of 1966: In honor of their 50th reunion, alumni raised funds to purchase naming opportunities at the renovated high school. In addition, they allocated some of their funds to reach beyond Ladue School District boundaries and assist a city school with its technology needs, supplying laptop computers to Patrick Henry Downtown Academy.
We welcome class gifts of any amount. Donations are vital to the work of the Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association. Your gift honors the legacy of those who have graduated, and creates opportunities for current and future students!