Class of 1974 gives back to B-UMS

BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon-Upshur High School class of 1974 has been working for the past five years to raise money for curtains at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

At an Upshur County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, three alumni presented the BOE with a $1,000 check for the curtains at B-UMS, a facility known to the 1974 alumni as their high school.

“I’m happy to see that there’s a movement in that area,” alumni Michael Cowger said.

Cowger, Beth Post and class treasurer Don Henderson Jr. presented the check to the BOE. The money was collected from a fundraiser and from donations made by the classmates.

“We realized there was a need for the new curtains at our high school, now the middle school,” Henderson said. “Our generous classmates, they rose to the occasion and they donated a lot of money and we came up with what was a nice, generous contribution. We understand that the curtains are on order and they should be arriving before long. We’re glad to help you all.”

The BOE members all thanked the alumni for their contribution to the school.

“It really means a lot to the board to know that a class of 1974 comes back with school pride,” BOE Vice President Alan Suder said. “They still care about their community and their school. It’s greatly appreciated.”

The Board of Education also recognized students on the boys’ and girls’ swim teams, the wrestling team, and the girls’ basketball team who were presented with All-Conference and All-State honors for 2013-2014 winter sports.

The BOE also recognized Union Elementary School teacher Gabrielle Rhodes for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in math and science teaching.