Organizers announced plans for the 2019 Drew All School Reunion at Monticello Aug. 8-11. So far, 150 people have registered and they are planning for 200, according to a news release from President Classie Jones Green.
Registration is still available by contacting Janice Edwards, treasurer, at 870-723-4047. The parade will be held Aug. 10. Those who plan to be in the parade should call Lillian Brooks, parade chairwoman, as soon as possible at 870-723-4820.
“The officers and executive committee members are working hard to plan for a great time as we stroll down memory lane with Motown and Drew High School Talent productions and dance,” according to the release. “All cheerleaders will perform the Macarena Dance (see examples on Google or YouTube).”
The reunion is held every three years for the former Drew High School for black students, which served the community from 1800 to 1970, according to a news release.
The Drew All School Reunion will be hosted by Classes 1967, 1968 and 1969. The schedule includes:
Thursday, Aug. 8 — Early Bird Registration and Entertainment, 6-10 p.m., Sadie Johnson Community Center;
Friday, Aug. 9 — Registration continues, 10 a.m. - noon, Sadie Johnson center, Picnic and Entertainment (Motown Cheerleaders), 2-5 p.m., Sadie Johnson center, Business Meeting, 5-6 p.m., Sadie Johnson center, Dance and Entertainment, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sadie Johnson center;
Saturday, Aug. 10 — Downtown Parade, noon-2 p.m., Tour Drew County Historical Museum, 2-3 p.m., Formal Banquet, 6 p.m. - Red Carpet Walk, 7 p.m. Banquet Program, University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Gibson Center Green Room with speaker Marilyn Matthews Ridgell;
Sunday, Aug. 11 — Worship Service,11 a.m.,Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church,Music: Drew School Alumni Mass Choir.
Drew High School Reunion officers include Charles Peeples, Joseph Cavaness, executive committee members; Janice Edwards, treasurer; Lillian Brooks, parade chairwoman; Christine Collins, secretary; and Classie Jones Green, president.
The committee thanks everyone who registered so far. If participants would like to present a talent during the reunion or have any concerns, they should call Classie Green at 870-556-0527 (cell) or 870-539-9159 (home.)