Every once in a while I catch myself thinking or talking
about the "good old days" of high school. I have fun reminiscing
about all of the things me and my friends did and wonder how we survived. I
also believe what made high school so memorable for me was the fact that almost
everyone in my class not only knew each
other, but grew up together sharing the same classes from kindergarten
through 12th grade. I have learned over the years that this is not very common.
Whether we knew it then or not, we were pretty fortunate to grow up in a small
community like Sunnyside.
This past weekend the class of 1984 held its 20-year
reunion, of which I was pleased to attend. I was honestly amazed at the large
number of classmates who made the effort to journey back to Sunnyside for this
event. It reiterated just how close our class really is after all of these
years. Many friendships were renewed and time seemed to roll back 20 years.
However, none of this weekend would have happened without
the hard work of the reunion committee. If it were not for them tracking down
classmates, organizing schedules and paying attention to the minor details, our
class reunion would have been a bust. I want to say thank you to everyone the
committee. You did a great job.
/s/ Vernon Mulford, Sunnyside High class of '84, Spokane
Who will step up?
We have lost a vital member of our community. He was a much
needed person, committed to being early to his position every morning and
afternoon, had a big smile, words of positive encouragement to brighten the
day, and hope for the next day as well.
He wasn't college educated, but he in his unique way did
more to help the children of Sunnyside than a lot of our educators. He wasn't
paid for what he did, but he volunteered because he wanted to protect, serve
and give hope to the children.
He touched the lives of many in our city and will be greatly
Who will step up to do that?
His name was Ronnie Shifflett—crossing guard at Harrison
Middle School, Golden Apple award recipient, husband, father and humble servant
to our community.
There are many ways that people can be volunteers in our
city. It does take a commitment, no monetary reward, dedication and a
willingness to give back to our fellow citizens. There are many of you out
there who do volunteer and you have my respect. But many more could volunteer
and haven't. Here is another opportunity to volunteer. Will you?
/s/ Carol Stone, Sunnyside