HALEYVILLE - Haleyville High School Alumni Day festivities are back this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Here is the round-up of activities and fun:
The Alumni Day/9-1-1 Festival Parade will take place Saturday, June 4.
Line up for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the parking area of Haleyville Elementary School.
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., being led by Police Chief Rodney Lewis, followed by the Haleyville Fire Department ladder truck, followed by the parade grand marshals. This year, the grand marshals are all HHS students who have achieved accomplishments that are firsts in the school's history.
The parade will begin on 20th Street and will also include school officials and alumni class floats for those celebrating reunions. After the alumni portion of the parade, all first responders will proceed from their line-up location in the high school parking lot into the parade.
All HHS alumni are invited to enter the elementary school following the parade to prepare for the 11:30 a.m. alumni day luncheon.
Tabitha Clark, president of the Haleyville Alumni Association, noted she was proud to welcome all alumni back for the luncheon, which will be held at the cafetorium.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale at Traditions Florist, BankFirst, First National Bank and at Haleyville High School.
Currently, 300 tickets have been printed, and plans are to sell the tickets in advance. If any tickets are still available the day of the luncheon, they will be sold at the door, Clark said.
“We’re excited to have everybody back. We hope everybody will come out. If you have missed the last two years, come celebrate with us this year,” Clark said.
Clark stressed that alumni classes that missed key reunions due to the pandemic the past two years are welcome to return and celebrate those reunions, although it may not mark the exact year.
“Come celebrate with us now,” Clark emphasized. “It’s a great time to be able to see people you have not seen in a few years.
“Come back, see the town, see our school, see all of the good that has come out of Haleyville High School and the people who have graduated from there,” Clark continued.
“A lot of our alumni are still in Haleyville, have businesses and strive every day to keep things going,” she said. “Haleyville should be proud of that.”
Once alumni enter the elementary school after the parade, they should report to the gym where they will look for their class signs showing them where to register.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a meal of barbecue, potato salad, beans, dessert and drinks catered by Russell’s Rising Smoke and served by the champion golf team and Final Four basketball team.
Classes need to look for their signs on the tables to know where their particular class is seated.
The state of the school address will be given by Sutherland. Also, the luncheon will stay true to its traditional awards such as Haleyville or Bust, for the alumni traveling the farthest distance to attend. Class awards for attendance and percentage of class members present will also be awarded. Then, the coveted Service and Dedication and Alumnus of the Year awards will be presented.
Senior of the Year and alumni scholarship winners will be announced at the luncheon.
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