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GHS alumni raise money for new building

Class of 1977 issues challenge to others to best its $11,000

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School class of 1977, which celebrated its 35th anniversary reunion in town this past weekend, has raised $11,000 for the new high school building project.

Jim Brissette, a graduate of the class who currently lives in Amherst and works in Turners Falls, said that his classmates were eager to help after the town approved construction of the new $66 million high school this May.

“The vote passing excited us,” he said. “At our last reunion, (we) raised about $3,000 … for whiteboards. For this reunion, we thought with the new school being approved, we’d try to do a little better than that.”

The class raised about $6,000, through correspondence with class members and a raffle held at this past weekend’s reunion, said Brissette. An anonymous matching donation of $5,000 put the total over their original $10,000 goal.

The reunion, held at locations around Greenfield, drew about 100 different classmates from California, Colorado and Tennessee, as well as New York and the New England states, said Brissette.

During the weekend, the group saw updated construction plans of the new high school and discussed plans for the money. The class may choose to use part of the money raised for a scholarship, said Brissette.

He said that students had taken a tour of their old building at a previous reunion, where they saw first-hand the need for a new high school.

“All of us had fond memories of it being very open, airy, warm and inviting,” he said. “It didn’t really look like that; it’s in rough shape.”

Several of Brissette’s classmates were on the track team, and are excited that an athletic track was incorporated into the new high school project.

He added that he hopes that the fundraising effort will inspire others to do the same.

“I feel really fortunate to have grown up in Greenfield in a community that was very supportive of its children and schools,” he said. “(This may) spark some of the other classes to think about how they can, as part of their reunion, do a little fundraising and provide more support for the school.”

“(We will) put the challenge out there to classes — see if you guys can top $11,000,” he said.

Chris Shores can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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