Keeseville alumni association seeks assistance

KEESEVILLE The Keeseville Central School Alumni Association has a long and valued history dating back to 1874, when three students graduated from the Keeseville Central School. Association membership is open to anyone who attended the school that graduated its last class in 1972 when Keeseville schools merged with Au Sable Forks schools to form the Au Sable Valley Central School District. Organizations like this are few and far between, explained Linda Bedard, president of the almost 1,000 member alumni association. Theyre almost a thing of the past. We may quite possibly be the oldest in the area though I cant prove that, added organization secretary Betty Brelia. While the alumni group has enjoyed success for more than 130 years, both Bedard and Brelia are concerned about its long-term future. The class of 1972 is the schools last class, Brelia said. If we dont get Au Sable Valley Central to pick up where the associations classes left off, the organization will die. Were looking to the Au Sable Valley classes from 1973 on to carry on in their name. Wed be willing to help them get on their feet. The associations activities include hosting a well-attended annual dinner and support for todays students and education community. We give four scholarships each year, Bedard explained. Three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students attending four-year colleges and a $500 scholarship is awarded to someone attending a community college. The association also uses its annual dinner as an occasion to honor a Keeseville Central School or Au Sable Valley Central School teacher and non-teacher for their service to the school district. This years alumni dinner will be held Saturday, July 19, at the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072. For further information, contact Betty Brelia at 834-7138 or by mail to the Keeseville Central School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 105, Keeseville N.Y. 12944.

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