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Class of 1965 holds an epic reunion and pays it forward

Class of 1965 holds an epic reunion and pays it forward
Ann Scott Gray Winters holds a Northside Class of 1965 scholarship donation check while classmates sign it.

Entertainment Fort Smith rarely has the luxury of looking back a month because we are focused on giving readers choices and stories for the upcoming one. But sometimes, something really outstanding happens and must be noted.

One of the biggest, if not the very biggest, graduating classes from any Fort Smith school held its 50th class reunion in October. And, we are told, it was kind of a big deal.

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Months before the Oct. 10 reunion, the classmates went fully digital with a Facebook page; a website, northside65.com, online registration and a comprehensive database of class members. If you are one of the few class members who weren’t located, check in!
From that effort, a book documenting the class and including many memories was created for each registered class member.

In addition to the joyful socializing, the classmates decided as a group to make a substantial donation to present-day Northside students. A $1,000 class donation became $6,000 with a generous additional gift from class member Ted Skokos. The class dedicated the donation in honor of classmate Ann Scott Gray Winters for her reunion leadership.

The Northside Legacy Scholarship Fund, starting in 2016, will provide scholarships to two NHS graduates who will attend the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. The fund also will benefit from the proceeds of the upcoming documentary film “Leaving A Legacy,” about Northside students. The film’s director, Brenda Yelvington, with her husband, Lavon Morton, established the non-profit fund this year.

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