For the past few years, Sugar Grove School Alumni have found a small corner of the web on a private Facebook group where a variety of yearbooks, photos and other school related items have been shared and discussed. Our little group has flourished since its creation originating from a small but growing collection of school yearbooks. The group has digital copies of all published Sugar Grove High School yearbooks from 1949-1969 as well as most yearbooks from 1970 to present. Until now, these yearbooks were not available outside of the group except in their physical form at events or by appointment for private viewing. Nonetheless, these yearbooks are a community resource that should be publicly available to anyone wishing to browse them.
Though the fact that there was a book scanner available for public use at Smyth Bland Regional Library–soon to be the Smyth County Public LIbrary–it only recently came to my attention. Hopefully these yearbooks will be digitally available on the S-B Digital Repository as well as through this website. The S-B site will feature searchable text while the Sugar Grove page here will just provide general browsing options.
Currently the available options are available under the COMMUNITY > ALUMNI GROUP drop down at the top of the page in our YEARBOOKS section. As the available digital resources of this website grow, they will be further categorized and organized into sections for more efficient browsing. If you have a yearbook to donate or lend to digitize please email SugarGroveVirginia@gmail.com
Grand Prize winners of Sugar Grove School’s National Breakfast Week grand prize drawing. Dalton Ray and Kennedy Mattingly are the winners of the two bikes donated by Rowland Creek Church of the Brethren.
Students at Sugar Grove School participated in National Breakfast Week during the entire week. The program encourages children to begin each day with a healthy breakfast. Each student who participated had the chance to be entered into the daily drawing for one of the prizes. There were also multiple prize opportunities in the serving line for the students who picked up a “lucky tray” which was randomly pre-selected by the cafeteria staff before each group came through the line.
More than 100 prizes were given away this year during Breakfast week at Sugar Grove. According to cafeteria manager, Elizabeth Aker, this was the largest number of prizes in any year the school has participated. We would like to thank the Sugar Grove School Alumni Group for sponsoring the donation drive that brought in items for this cause as well as Rowland Creek Church of the Brethren for their generous donation of the two bikes and other items as well as those in the community and beyond who contributed in various ways to our program. It was the best yet. There was over 95% participation in National Breakfast Week from Sugar Grove School’s student body–there were even enough prizes to include our former students who still eat breakfast at Sugar Grove but attend school at Marion!
On March 10, 2017, the school gathered in the gym for the final grand prize drawing of the week. The large teddy bears, cash prizes and two bikes were the prizes on today’s list of giveaways. The bikes were won by Dalton Ray and Kennedy Mattingly. Dalton took his bike for a ride around the gym while Kennedy marveled at hers.
Box Tops For Education is a national program that benefits schools. When you buy participating products at your local retailer and clip the box top logo, it is turned in to the school you support and exchanged for money that the school can put toward needed items.
Sugar Grove School is collecting box tops. The money we save doing this will go toward building up our school library’s selection of books. A full listing of participating items can be found here along with fun collection sheets you can print and use. NOTE: You do not have to attach the box tops to the collection sheet to participate, you may simply clip them and deliver them to the school either by mail, by a student or in person at the office. (Mail to Sugar Grove School 242 Teas Road, Sugar Grove, VA 24375)
Please send them in each month as they do have an expiration date.
If you would like to follow the school’s progress, you can create a free login at http://www.boxtops4education.com Creating an account is not only free but it will let you watch our school’s progress and how we stack up against other participating area schools. Right now, this is where we stand among area schools, we are #27
Donations for Sugar Grove School’s National Breakfast Week event are ONGOING! This means that you can still be part of our community effort and the effort of the Sugar Grove School Alumni Group to make this a memorable event for our students. Presently from now until the last week in February, the school cafeteria will be accepting donations of items to be used as giveaway incentives for the children to eat a healthy breakfast during the program.
Already, two bicycles have been donated to the school along with a selection of smaller items, these items were provided by the efforts of members of the alumni group. We are now challenging and inviting the community to also participate by selecting one or more items from the wish list to be shipped directly to the school cafeteria. —WISH LIST HERE— We are reaching out also to any churches or community organizations who would also like to contribute as well as the Sugar Grove School PTO.
If shopping local fits your schedule better, please feel free to do that too–simply drop off your items at the school office before the event. For more information please see our page here.
Last August, 2016, Sugar Grove Alumni hosted a gathering at Sugar Grove School that was attended by approximately 200 people, all having ties to the school. A special alumni edition of “The History of Sugar Grove School” written by Sarah R. Combs especially for this event was part of the ticket price. Everyone who purchased a ticket received a copy of the book with the opportunity to purchase extra copies at a special price at the event.
The alumni edition copies have officially sold out! Only 195 copies were printed prior to the event for purchase. This makes the original alumni edition now a collector’s item. Recently, it’s been noticed that copies of the book have even turned up for sale listed on ebay for prices upward of $50 and some even outside the country! (who would have thought our school would be of interest internationally!)
Over the holidays, several made inquiry as to how they may obtain a copy for themselves. 2nd edition copies are available from Create Space, Amazon and Books A Million.
What’s the difference in 1st and 2nd edition copies? The 1st edition copy features a special Sugar Grove School Alumni page with green lettering in the front cover and the alumni logo. The 2nd edition features a title page with plain black & white lettering and no alumni logo. Only 195 “Alumni Edition” copies were printed. They were printed and sold exclusively at the August 2017 event at Sugar Grove School with all extra copies now sold.
The Sugar Grove School Alumni group is currently sponsoring a book drive to benefit the Sugar Grove School library. The goal of this book drive is to fill the gaps where budgets fell short and to provide the library with books on approved reading lists that coincide with Standards of Learning goals. Many of these books are popular ones that children at other schools enjoy but are not available in our school library. A wishlist has been put together by working with school administration, the local librarian and students and contains over 150 different items to choose from in a variety of price ranges.
The group’s goal was set at 50 books over summer break; to date, 48 new books have been shipped to the school to be cataloged into the library for the new school year. Some community groups have contributed to the drive as well making it possible to place group orders and therefore get free shipping so that every dollar spent can go toward books, not shipping.
The Sugar Grove School Alumni Group is made up of 360+ members hailing from all across the country with one thing in common–a love for Sugar Grove School. Since the group has grown exponentially since it’s creation just a few years earlier, a unanimous decision was made to sponsor several efforts throughout the year to improve the school, provide needed materials, items, etc. for the benefit of the students, faculty and staff.
You may read the full rundown of this effort here and also get a link to the wishlist.
It has been more than 25 years since Sugar Grove School’s famous “Gathering of the Maple Leafs” reunion in 1990. According to the local newspaper, more than 1500 people attended the event and it was lauded as the biggest event ever held in Sugar Grove and likely the largest school reunion in the county. Now, in 2016, Sugar Grove School Alumni will once again get the opportunity to gather and enjoy an event in the community.
This highly anticipated event is set for Saturday, August 27, 2016 beginning at 11 AM until 3 PM at Sugar Grove School. This year’s event will take place in the school cafeteria dining room rain or shine. Ticket purchase in advance is required for this event. Each ticket includes 1 catered meal, beverage, and an event exclusive souvenir book “The History of Sugar Grove School” which is a full color publication in 7 x 10 format. **PURCHASE TICKETS HERE**
“The History of Sugar Grove School” was originally written in 2014 to document the history of the school in our community when we learned that our school faced closure or consolidation and eventually a name change. This original version was published for a while on our community website until which point it was further researched and revised for the purpose of this event.
The book features a collection of historic photographs as well as recent documentation of the 2015 Alumni Luncheon and more. There’s even a memories section in the back for you to write down your thoughts, friends contacts, etc.
Four Seasons Bakery from Marion will be providing the catering for our event this year and will be serving Pulled Pork BBQ, 2 sides, bread, salad, desert and beverages.
Tickets for this event are $20 each and will be on sale until July 1, 2016. You may purchase tickets securely here. For more details about the event, please visit THIS SECTION of the page.
Alumni of Sugar Grove School gathered on Friday, April 17th for the first ever Alumni Luncheon. This event was planned and hosted by Sugar Grove School Alumni, a local Facebook group that features a wide variety of Sugar Grove resources.
The group of 25 met in the parking lot at the school where name tags were distributed and guests were signed in. Guests then proceeded into the lunch line where Sugar Grove’s cafeteria staff served up chef salads, hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the sides. Out in the dining room, a decorated table had been reserved for the group that was trimmed with cheerleader pom poms on a white table cloth all in green and white. Matching mints were also available on the table in the school’s original green soup bowls along with a beverage and condiment cart especially for the group.
Sugar Grove’s alumni enjoyed a group meal after which photos were taken in the dining room before embarking upon the next scheduled event.
As a planned part of the day’s activities, a short walking tour of the school was given. Many of the guests haven’t recently been in the building and enjoyed seeing all of the changes that had been made. Although many changes have been made through the years, a few things still remain the same such at the trophy case in the front lobby. Many of the trophies housed there date back to the days of Sugar Grove High School and represent multiple championships that are photographically documented in the online group’s yearbook archives.
The group made their way around the school and finally to the old library room which had been reserved for their use during the afternoon for a more intimate social gathering. Several pieces of Sugar Grove School memorabilia were available in the room such as uniforms, yearbooks and photos all designed to provide a hands on interactive experience for guests. Many guests brought their own memorabilia. Some even donated items for preservation. One such item was an original letterman jacket provided by Patricia Bates belonging to her brother, David Cornett. Other items donated were copies of photos and even copies of the original Maple Murmurs high school newspaper.
After a thorough social, chat and passing around of memorabilia, the group assembled for a photo in front of the building similar to those that were taken of many of their senior classes.
Thanks everyone for making this a WONDERFUL event to remember!
Sugar Grove School Alumni began as a small group on Facebook consisting of a few yearbooks from the early 90s and one or two from the 60s along with a handful of close friends and other classmates who just wanted to remain in contact. Since last year, this group has expanded to more than 300 members spanning several decades and offers yearbooks beginning with 1950 from Sugar Grove School. This group also actively seeks to preserve the school and any artifacts that may be found, documented or obtained to assure future availability to the community. In doing so, we have documentation on everything from early 1940s Sugar Grove High School Class rings all the way to 1970s original printed lunch menus and hand written recipes by the cooks!
This group has been such a positive aspect in the community and continues to grow that we thought it only appropriate to begin organizing events within our alumni circles with various groups. Our first event will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 and will involve a small group of Sugar Grove High School alumni (meaning you graduated prior to 1970 while the school was still a high school) The event is RSVP only by April 3.
Those attending will enjoy a quiet lunch in the school cafeteria with a special menu for the day offering hot dogs and hamburgers with all the sides. Alternative offerings will include salad or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the possibility of some extra little goodies here and there. After lunch and some social time in the cafeteria, the group will be lead on a guided tour through the school building.
The cost of lunch is $2.60. If you are interested in attending this event, please check out our event page here and let us know you’re coming. Attendees must provide their names and number of people in their party so that this information can be turned in to the school principal in order to adhere to applicable policies concerning school visitation set forth by Smyth County Schools.
The Sugar Grove Community website strives to deliver news, information and interesting blog articles on a regular basis but there’s also another portion of this website that you may or may not know about. Sugar Grove has its very own alumni group on Facebook.
The Sugar Grove School Alumni group is a closed group accessible on Facebook featuring a wide range of resources that have been compiled on the group and are accessible to its members. The group is closed to help prevent hackers, spammers and to attempt to provide a layer of privacy among alumni. Membership is free and is approved on request. Members should be verified as an alumni or hold some interest in the community or someone who was an alumni. Random people who have no attachment to the Sugar Grove Community are usually not approved. Again, this is to help protect the group from hackers, spammers and maintain some privacy.
This group features Sugar Grove School yearbooks dating back to 1950. The first yearbook from the school was published in 1949 so we have a great start on early yearbooks. The group is only missing a minimal number of yearbooks spanning over 6 decades. In addition to the extensive yearbook collection that you’re not likely to find anywhere else online, there’s also a variety of other photos that have been largely contributed by the members of the group to include old class rings from the school’s high school days (1969 and prior) and Letterman letters in the school’s original colors, purple & gold.
There’s a variety of old photos consisting of class photos, historic photos of churches and other significant locations around the community and frequent discussions about these items.
The Sugar Grove School Alumni group is a great place to start learning about Sugar Grove’s history and heritage or to gather information if you’re researching a family or topic that’s relevant. Our members span many, many generations and decades and they are very willing to share their knowledge when asked.
The group is not only open to alumni of Sugar Grove High School but anyone who has attended school in our community.
The alumni group is always looking for new information to share and new materials. Already, some of the older yearbooks that were in poor condition have been replaced by some that were in much better shape thanks to members who had nicer copies than the originals that were first accessible to the group.