Launching a year ago, the Williamsport Area School District Alumni Association has connected with 7,000 alumni.
Greg Hayes, director of the association, reported that the organization has been busy reconnecting with many of its alumni and hosting events. The association has hosted trips to New York, a career cafe - which allows current high school students to meet with alumni - and has presented Frank Girardi, 1957 graduate and former Lycoming College football coach, with it's first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award.
Hayes said that the many have been very pleased with the association. He added that it has been able to help connect former classmates together when they're planning class reunions or other events.
County detectives Ed McCoy, left, and William Weber, center, speak with students about law enforcement during a Career Cafe in March.
"It's starting to build slowly," Hayes said. "I think a lot of people have been receptive to it."
Memorabilia has been donated to the association, which has allowed it to display at several functions. Hayes said the crowds at events range from those classes in the 1930 all the way to the most recent graduating class.
"It was nice to see that," he said on how they share stories of their time in school.
Hayes added that many have enjoyed having an organization to reconnect with their high school.
"I think it's the hometown appeal of it," he said. "It's your high school. It's where you grew up. ... Not only that, but a lot of your friendships were built here."
The volunteer association board already is planning its next year of activities, Hayes reported.
"We've hit all of the goals and objectives that we wanted to hit last year and now we're planning for next year," Hayes said.
"It's been a team effort. The district has been very supportive of it," he later added.