COPPER HARBOR - What Copper Harbor School alumni lack in numbers, they make up for in passion as they celebrate their fifth reunion this weekend.
Former and current students, faculty, staff and board members are invited to the school Saturday to celebrate the reunion where organizer Rich Jamsen said he hopes to see people come up in numbers.
"This is the third year I've been organizing this," he said.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and cookies at the Copper Harbor community building located next door to the school.
"At about 1 p.m., we'll have a complete pasty picnic lunch from Eric Frimodig's Toni's Kitchen, followed by a tour of the school, a short program and lots of visiting," he said.
Jamsen said a collection of historical Copper Harbor School memorabilia and photos will be displayed at the welcome center located in the community building and they are looking for more to display.
"Please bring your old Copper Harbor photos and memories to share so we can all reminisce about your experiences as students and residents of (Copper Harbor)," he said.
About 40 people have already shown interest in attending the reunion, including people who live locally and may be traveling from a distance.
Right now, Jamsen said he's been busy trying to get the word out about the reunion and reach as many alumni as possible. He even asks alumni to offer up home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses to be archived for future reunions. Copies of the address list can be made available for alumni, he said.
A version of the invitation for the reunion can be downloaded from the Copper Harbor Improvement Association's website at copperharbor.org, he said. The fee is $20 per person and forms are available at the website to register for the event. The fee covers costs for mailings and food service. Participants are also welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call Jamsen at 289-4550.
"The weather is supposed to be really nice," he said. "It will be a nice weekend."
Money left over from the registration fee will go to the Copper Harbor School playground equipment fundraiser ongoing throughout the year.
Anyone wanting to donate money to the Copper Harbor School's playground equipment fund drive is asked to assign a separate check to "CH Playground Project" to be included in the registration envelope or contribute online at copperharborplayground.org.
In order to replace the dilapidated equipment, a committee has been established to seek funding for a new playground set and it hopes to have funding, to the tune of $145,000, in place by the end of the year.