The Easom Outreach Foundation is celebrating the history of Easom High School and the schools that preceded it with "A Return to the Beginning" on July 4-6 at the school in South Corinth.
"A lot of people who haven't been in awhile are coming since an event is being centered around the school," said Samuel Crayton, Jr., a 1966 Easom graduate and outreach foundation board chairman.
"A Return to the Beginning" has numerous activities scheduled as past graduates come together to remember an honorable past, dedicated present and an impactful future. Crayton expects around 5,300 people to attend with half being from out of town.
"We want them to enjoy a fun-filled weekend and just hang out at the school," added the Easom graduate.
Registration begins Thursday, July 4 from 4-7 p.m. at Easom High School. Following registration, a sock hop is slated for 7 p.m. with a bonfire to follow. Cost of the sock hop is $5.
A full day of activity is planned for Friday at the school. A city and museum tour will begin at the school at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
"Buses will be used to take those wanting to tour downtown," added Crayton.
Several activities are slated for children all during the day. Easom grad Tommy Morrison will be conducting the Yellow Jacket Basketball Camp for youngsters July 4-6 in the gym, featuring the Princeton Offense. The camp is set for 8-11 a.m. each day.
"It will help with the mindset needed to be a good athlete," said Crayton.
There will also be a fashion and talent show involving children from 1-3 p.m.
Refreshments will be available during the day at no cost.
A dinner and play are slated for Friday night. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the play to follow at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center. Cost will be $10.
The weekend events conclude on Saturday night with the All White Affair that begins at 8 p.m.
The weekend will be a busy one with the NAACP's Traditional Homecoming also being held at that time.
"The foundation events were scheduled around the homecoming so there wouldn't be any conflicts," said Crayton.
Easom's celebration is being done in tribute to former Scale Street and Easom teacher James R. Boyd.
"Mr. Boyd was recruited to Scale Street in 1954 to teach music to students who knew knowing about musical instruments," said the board chairman. "Not only did he mentor students in his classes, but he reached out to those he passed in the hallway … he was always reaching and teaching and it would be a major challenge to find a student he didn't positively impact."
Easom Outreach Foundation's mission is to preserve and maintain the former Easom High School/South Corinth famous in order to improve the quality of life in South Corinth along with the entire community.
The board was created in 2010 and attained a 501 c 3 status. Since that time, the foundation has completely renovated the main building and is currently operating a daily hot meals program for seniors and a summer feeding program for children.