Ralls County residents are watching the construction of the new elementary school in Center and eagerly anticipating the Fall 2016 opening of the new “Ralls County Elementary” school. Teachers and staff are beginning to pack and prepare for the move into the new facility. To celebrate this momentous event, an afternoon of celebration is being planned for the community to pause and spend an afternoon remembering and praising the efforts of the New London, Center and Perry Elementary schools which have provided such a rich heritage for our children in the past.
On April 17 at 2 p.m., a Community-Wide Remembrance Celebration for the public will be held at Mark Twain High in Center, Missouri to reunite former students, parents, grandparents, teachers, and staff of all three elementary schools in the Ralls County R-II School District.
Former teacher and principal, Arlan Provancha, will emcee the program. Elementary students are currently interviewing former students to document memories and past experiences. A history of all three elementary schools is being researched and written.
A Facebook page has been created, “Ralls County School Remembrance Reception”, to attempt to contact as many previous students, teachers, and staff members as possible to invite them to the event. Memories of time spent at the elementary schools may be shared on the Facebook page or mailed to Tracey Carman, P.O. Box 147, Center, Mo. 63436. Prior to the Remembrance Celebration, a catered dinner will be served for all former or current Ralls County Elementary teachers and staff and their spouses. The dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Mark Twain High School cafeteria. Reservations must be made in advance by visiting the Facebook page or calling 573-267-3729. The cost of the meal is $12.50 per plate. Checks should be made out to Tiger Cub Booster Club and mailed to Tracey Carman at the address above. Reservations must be received by April 1.
For additional information, please contact Diana Duckworth at 573-985-5371 or Jan Golian at 573-267-3729.
(Note: Past area teachers Muriel Beshears, Carlene Galloway, and others are a part of this event.)