High school class of 2002 to hold auction in support of playground upgrades

Submitted photo The St. Stephen High School Class of 2002. Graduates of the class are organizing a 20-year reunion for this summer, which will include an online auction benefiting playground initiatives at two local elementary schools.

ST. STEPHEN – Two local elementary schools will see upgrades to playground equipment thanks to a high school reunion.

Organizers of the St. Stephen High School Class of 2002’s 20-year reunion noticed excess money following the planning of this summer’s three-event festivities and thought, ‘Why not donate it.’

From there, the class made a nearly unanimous decision to donate the money equally to the playground upgrade initiatives at both St. Stephen and Milltown elementary schools.

“Why stop at donating left over change?” asked class of ‘02 reunion organizer Andrew Davis.

Instead, the class decided to host an online auction, which will run during the reunion, with the proceeds going to the initiatives.

The auction will run July 25-30 and feature new items daily that will be advertised before the auction goes live.

Bids can be made through comments that only the page administrator will see, Davis explained.

“We’ve got well over 30 items now,” said Davis. Some items to look out for include gift certificates donated by local businesses, a knitted Afghan blanket, photo sessions with photographers, a stained glass sun catcher, a homemade beach tote, and more.

Davis intends to accept donations up until the auction at the end of July.

“There’s no reason not to,” he said.

Leave it to some friendly competition to get donations rolling. The day after the group voted to donate to the playground upgrade initiative, a different graduating class donated to the cause, challenging other graduating classes to do the same.

“It’s an easy cause for the community to get behind,” Davis said.

The reunion will include a day full of fun and time to catch up, starting with a family day at Chamcook Lake, followed by dinner at 5 Kings Ale House, and finishing off with a dance at the St. Stephen Curling Club.

Mark Downey, DJ of the class of ‘02’s school dances, will be back to DJ the reunion dance.

“I hope he plays some of the same stuff,” Davis said with a laugh.

As organizer, Davis says this reunion feels different than the 10-year one, bringing back a lot of memories. He says there seems to be a heightened interest in this event.

Whether it’s because of an itch to socialize caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or because more time has passed between friends seeing one another, Davis and his classmates are looking forward to reuniting.

“We’ve enjoyed planning it,” he said.

The auction has added an element to the reunion that has created an opportunity for old friends to work together again to achieve something special.

“It’s a social event we can all take part in,” said Davis. “The kids have had a rough go the past few years … we want to do everything we can.”

For more on the auction, visit the SSHS Grad Class of 2002 page on Facebook.