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.
As of July 1, 2020, district buildings and meeting spaces are no longer able to be reserved by reunion groups.
Please note that due to COVID-19, Ladue Schools must abide by local and regional health guidelines in the matter of group gatherings on district grounds. This may prevent certain alumni events, including reunion groups at LHWHS football games and high school tours, from being held. We will make every effort to assist reunion planners in scheduling events and reserving dates, however, all reservations will be subject to change based on current public health and safety recommendations. Thank you for your understanding.
Who can plan a reunion?
Reunions are often coordinated by a classmate who is interested in facilitating the event. A reunion committee is then created, comprised of classmates who would like to participate in planning the reunion events.
How can I contact classmates for the reunion?
Reunion coordinators may request a class list (Excel format) and mailing labels by sending an email to email@example.com. Prior to reaching out to the district, you will need to complete the Reunion Planning Agreement. Please submit the completed form, along with your contact information request, to the district at the email address above.
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.
The district’s food service provider, Chartwells, has also worked with reunions to provide food and beverages at a discounted price. To use Chartwells’ services, contact Sue Blumm at (314) 983-5443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are some venues that past reunion groups have used to host events?
There are many wonderful establishments in the Greater St. Louis area that would be suitable to host a high school reunion. Below we have listed a few that are close in proximity to the district and have been used in the past:
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 email@example.com to schedule a tour. As mentioned above, high school tours may be scheduled, but will remain subject to change based on current COVID-19 health and safety recommendations.
How should the reunion class handle money?
The reunion coordinators may decide to set up a checking account in the class name and add reunion committee members to the account. Another option may be to set up a PayPal account to accept credit cards as a form of payment for the reunion activities.
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!
How do I know if a reunion is being planned?
Committee members reach out to classmates via mail, email 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, email email@example.com to connect with your Alumni Council representative or to see if the school district has been made aware of an event for your class.
- Reach out to classmates: Call (314) 983-5317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Catering the event: Call (314) 983-5443 or email Sue Blumm at email@example.com
- Reach out to your Alumni Council Representative: Call (314) 983-5317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Choosing event venues: Please review the list of spaces provided above.
- Printing or mailing reunion-related stationery: Call (314) 983-5317 or email email@example.com
- Scheduling a tour of Ladue Horton Watkins High School: Jim Goldwasser at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Giving back: Make a donation online at https://www.laduefoundation.org/donate/ or contact email@example.com