LAURINBURG — For the first time since retirement, three decades worth of former South Scotland Elementary School faculty, administrators, and staff got together for a reunion.
More than 50 individuals, who worked at the school between the years of 1975 and 2005, gathered at General McArthur’s Restaurant in Laurinburg to catch up, share stories, and smiles on Wednesday.
The event was put together by Beverly Britt, who taught fourth grade from 1975 to 2004 at South Scotland and now lives in Sunset Beach.
“This was the first time we have gotten everyone together and it was not for a funeral or something sad,” Britt said. “About a year and a half ago I said its a shame we only see the friends we worked with when someone dies. So there were four or five other friends that I told we need to have a reunion. So that started the wheels.”
Although it is unclear if another reunion will take place anytime soon, event organizers said there was a great turnout to Wednesday’s lunch. “I expected 40 people and we got 50,” Britt said.
The reunion had folks in attendance from all over, with some driving from places as far as Kingsport, TN and Martinsville, VA, and some people driving from about an hour away, Britt said.
“I had grinned so much from seeing everyone that my cheeks were hurting,” Britt said.
Along with a deafening amount of conversation that took place between to former colleagues in a back room at the restaurant, attendees enjoyed collard greens, fried chicken, barbecue pork, corn bread, banana pudding, and sweet tea.
Two former principals were able to make the reunion, John Massey and Tommy Clark. Also in attendance were other administrators, librarians, and teachers of kindergarten and grades one through six.
“I’m just glad these girls started calling saying lets get together,” said Massey, who served as principal from 1988 to 2003. “It was a good run. We had a great school and wonderful group of teachers.”
Also making an appearance at the reunion was the school’s mascot, “Scotty Dog,” represented by a statue of a Scottish terrier.
“Its fantastic to have all of us come together like this,” said Donna Mahoney, who was an administrator at South Scotland Elementary from 2001 to 2004. “We are all spread out, but I’m glad everyone could make it.”
The reunion ended with everyone singing the song “We Are Family,” popularly performed by the group Sister Sledge.
“We had such a close knit faculty and it just proves it with all the people coming back together today,” Britt said.
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