UNION, NJ – The Union High School Class of ’87 was looking to do something a little special when they were planning their 30th class reunion. Aside from the reunion itself, classmates Amy Yankauskas King and Nanette Sudler decided to coordinate with their classmates to give back to the school.
“Nanette came up with the idea of giving back to Union High School since it gave us the foundation for our futures,” said King. They created a GoFundMe page to benefit the school in two ways.
The school store, “The Farmer’s Market”, which opened on April 28, is designed to give students with special needs real life work experiences. The Class of ’87 donated $850 to the store.
In addition, a program whereby two scholarships would be awarded to graduating seniors was created. “Nanette came up with the idea of a scholarship for students displaying kindness,” said King. She said academic, financial, and athletic achievements are all acknowledged, but there is no real way to award/acknowledge humanity. “Given today’s sociologic, political and economic environment, we especially wanted to acknowledge kindness as an important virtue of humanity,” said King.
The scholarships, each for $425, will be announced and awarded at the Union High School Awards Night on May 22.
For anyone wishing to donate, the Class of 87’s GoFundMe page is: https://www.gofundme.com/UHS1987
King and Sudler also coordinated a ‘walk down memory lane’ the day before their April 22 reunion. Several ’87 graduates took time to visit the school, walk the hallways and visit classrooms.
“We met up with some of our classmates and strolled through UHS with Gerri Muller as our gracious and informative tour guide,” said King. “We reminisced, learned about new developments at the school, and snapped some photos.”
King said she and her classmates wondered what their high school experience would have been like if they had today’s computers and cell phones back in ’87.