8/9/2017 2:44:00 PM Alumni Of Jefferson School
Gather In C.F. For Reunion
GREETINGS — Clifton Forge Mayor Carl Brinkley, left, greets some Jeffersonians as they arrived at the Underground Cafe for registration to the recent Jefferson School reunion. Here he shakes the hand of former Clifton Forge Mayor Robert Davis. (P.E. Marshall Photo)
DISPLAY MEMORABILIA — Margray Christian and Jacqueline Davis-Pierce display some of their Jefferson memorabilia at the picnic for Jefferson School alumni at the C&O Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. (P.E. Marshall Photo)
CLIFTON FORGE — The Jefferson School, now listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, held a reunion over the weekend of July 22-23.
About 100 graduates and former students of the school attended the weekend of events, that included registration and refreshments at the Historic Masonic Theatre’s Underground Cafe, a picnic at the C&O Railway Heritage Center and a closeout banquet in the Historic Masonic Theatre’s Banquet Room.
The former students and teachers traveled from Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and around the corner or across the A Street Bridge.
Upon their arrival at the Underground Café for registration/meet and greet, Friday evening, they were met by Clifton Forge Mayor Carl Brinkley and Jeff Stern, the theatre’s executive director.
The café’s walls were lined with Jefferson memorabilia as the group greeted each other and shared some memories and laughter with former classmates and teachers.
D.J.s Gregory Key and Sonya Billups provided musical entertainment as the group mingled and picked up their Jefferson School tote bags, with T-shirts and hats inside.
The group snacked on light refreshments as many classmates were called down to pick from the many door prizes available.
On Saturday afternoon, the group met at the C&O Railway Heritage Center for a picnic and some fun miniature train rides. The center provided a covered picnic area, gift shop, working model train displays, railroad memorabilia, a restored caboose and a mock tower where a sign, “Welcome Jeffersonians” waved to the arriving guests.
The evening culminated with a banquet, back at the theatre, where co-chair Ione Callender served as toastmaster and K. Christ Knight, a saxophonist, Uknighted Expressions, LLC provided the music.
The annual Jefferson School Scholarships were awarded: Oteria Wallace Broady to Dajor Davenport and Sacha N. Brown. Both students will be attending Ferrum College in the fall.
The Jefferson High School Reunion Committee has awarded $18,200 to 32 students since beginning the program, in 1990.
The committee also recognized Robert G. Davis with a plaque, recognizing his contributions to the Jefferson heritage as well as his work in the Clifton Forge community. He previously served on city council and as mayor.
Other plaques were presented to retired teacher: Gretel I. Anderson, who taught locally for 45 years, and former Coach Richard L. Chubb, who taught, coached, and mentored the athletes that he coached.
Chubb continued that practice in Roanoke and is still a community activist there.
The reunion committee consisted of Callender, Patricia Davis-Ross, Rodney Brown, Broady, Leon McCoy, Gretel Anderson, C.H. Mack, and Lillie T. Hughes. They look forward to the reunion of 2018.