The alumni plan to donate proceeds from their class reunion’s silent auction to their alma mater’s Pay It Forward class and Bucs Care Food Pantry. The auction is slated for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Bella Maria’s Event Center.
Judy Tejchma, who is involved in planning the event, said she was inspired after reading about the two groups.
Through the Pay It Forward class, GHHS students learn about organizations in the community. They then develop their own projects to make a difference for that organization.
The Bucs Care Food Pantry was launched during the 2017-18 school year. It provides Grand Haven students with bags of food.
Tejchma said she applauds the school for offering such opportunities.
“It touches my heart to be able to give back to these classes,” she said. “They’re going to help these students in the future.”
Local businesses and alumni donated items for the upcoming auction, such as books, artwork, quilts, baskets, restaurant certificates, jewelry, a student-commissioned ceramic bowl and more.
In developing the silent auction, the reunion committee also worked with Grand Haven students who were involved in the programs — including Megan Kostner, Micala Carpenter, Katie Hohmeyer, Sam Chidester and Kaleigh Braginton. Tejchma said she enjoyed working alongside the students because they’re enthusiastic about the programs they’ve participated in.
There will also be a “taste of the town” featuring Grand Haven restaurants such as Rendezvous, Fricano’s, Ray’s Drive-In, Dee-Lite and others.
As students move through the Grand Haven district’s schools, they’re encouraged to get involved and volunteer, GHHS Principal Tracy Wilson said. When students near graduation, Wilson said they are reminded to stay connected to the district and community. Wilson noted that alumni often give back to programs they were a part of — athletics, performing arts and clubs.
“Any way that we can help share the efforts of our current students in support of what they are doing is awesome,” Wilson said.
Anyone interested in donating to the silent auction can contact Judy Tejchma at 616-638-5169.