By Sabrina Westfall
The North Knox Alumni Association is gearing up for the mixer and dance as a fundraiser for the school corporation.
There will be social hour from 7 to 9 p.m. and a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Bruceville Rod and Gun Club. There is a $10 donation at the door.
Event co-coordinator Elizabeth Curtis explained the event is for graduates of North Knox and anyone who supports the school. Those who attended, but might not have graduated, are also invited to attend.
Danielle Viecks noted teachers have also attended the event to reconnect with former students.
Heather Earhart explained the event started in 2006 as graduates of North Knox realized their parents were attending the class reunions of the small schools that were in the communities before the consolidation that created the North Knox School Corporation.
The idea of a class reunion grew from an annual gathering to a fundraiser to continue supporting the school system.
Curtis noted in years past they had a golf scramble before the mixer, but they have decided to change the golf scramble into an every other year event.
The donation at the door includes the social hour, dance, DJ and finger foods from Carla’s Catering – Earhart noted the owner is also a North Knox Alumni.
The donation is used for annual scholarships and helping schools in the district with various projects. Curtis said the amount of funds raised each year has grown, and the projects supported has varied.
The group started by giving one $500 scholarship to a started, and in recent years has been able to give four $750 scholarships, with the help of the North Knox Scholarship Committee.
Each school in the district is also given funds for programs such as bringing an author in for a presentation, field day activities, donating to the post prom and last year helped the cheerleaders get a mascot uniform.
“Our whole goal is to put money in the whole school in some way,” Curtis stressed.
Those who attend the event can also look forward to checking out memorabilia from North Knox. There have been photos donated from the school, as well as old yearbooks and excess team photos.
Earhart said it has been interesting to see how the annual mixer has become a central point for other classes to hold their reunions around it.
Curtis said the event has become one for the family to attend together because as the years go on one person’s children will go to school at North Knox, then their children will also attend.
Vieck said there will be a cash bar hosted by the Rod and Gun Club, but attendees do not have to be 21 to attend.