PALMER — The 12th annual Palmer School Reunion is set for Saturday, Sept. 1 in the high school cafeteria/auditorium on Farm-to-Market Road 878. The doors will open at 2 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cathy Stacks, steering committee chair, said the doors open early to allow people the opportunity to visit and register. A barbecue dinner will be catered by Dickey’s will cater a barbecue dinner with a short program to follow at 7 p.m.

Reservations for the dinner are required, and the cost is $12 per person. The dinner is reservations only, no tickets will be sold that day. Also, the committee organizing the event has asked that a self-addressed stamped envelope be mailed in to receive the tickets. They have asked that reservations be submitted promptly because tickets will not be mailed during the week of Sept. 1.

The reunion is held every three years, and this particular one will be dedicated to T. M. and Wynell Harper. Stacks is heading up the reunion along with several others, and said they felt the Harpers were deserving of this honor.

“Over the years, the Harpers gave of themselves unselfishly and wholeheartedly,” Stacks said. “And everything they did went to the betterment of our school.”

The Palmer School Reunion started in 1980 for those who attended in the year of 1939-1949. The steering committee consisted of representatives of each class during that time frame, and about 25 members attended the first meeting held in the home of Harlan Windham. The first one was held in August of 1980. More than 500 people attended, and it was a great success Stacks said.

It was during that reunion that the decision was made to meet every three years, and to open it up to classes dating back to 1939.

Over the course of the years, the classes from then on have been added through the 1960s, and they are currently working on the 1970s. Also included is the alumni from the Callahan School, which was integrated into the Palmer School in 1966.

Stacks said the purpose of the reunion is to renew old relationships, and make new memories.

“We have a good time recalling the past,” she said. “This is our way of touching lives one more time. Every three year period seems to take 65 to 70 precious lives from our midst, and a list is read from the podium.”

Stacks added that a scholarship program was organized in 1986 to help Palmer graduates who want to attend college. In 2009 they reported a balance in scholarship funds of $9,317.19. Since then, they have awarded three $1,000 scholarships. Since 1986, they have awarded 27 $1,000 scholarships.

To mail in ticket information or for any other correspondence concerning the reunion, contact Lynn Allen at P.O. Box 185, Palmer, TX 75152. If writing a check, make it payable to Palmer School Reunion.

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