It was a demonstration of true Panther Pride.
Reunion organizers for the Washougal High School class of 1960 wanted to do something special to mark its 50-year milestone.
They began with the idea of collecting a couple thousand dollars for student scholarships at the high school. From there, reunion organizers including Ethel Boggs and Janet Smith were put into contact with representatives from the Washougal Schools Foundation, which provides grants for teachers throughout the district.
“It was exactly what we were looking for,” said Boggs, who still lives in Washougal and has three grown children who are also WHS graduates.
Alum Louis Munch, a retired teacher now living in Port Townsend, Wash., hopped on board to lead the charge with great enthusiasm.
“When he was a teacher, he benefitted from some of these small grants,” Smith said. “He really knew firsthand what this kind of money could do.”