Recently, 423 Brainerd High School students graduated. Fifty years ago 430 students graduated from what was then the first year of the new Brainerd High School. The Class of 1969 will be celebrating our 50th class reunion in late August. For two years we have been planning this event, which started with the idea of a Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Endowed Scholarship for a graduating senior as our way of giving back. The scholarship would be awarded annually to a BHS student who will be attending a trade school or 2-4 year college. On May 22, 2019, we awarded our first scholarship of $500. This was exciting for the student as well as Tony Gebhard and myself sharing his acknowledgment.

I have awarded scholarships over the last 12 years to students in the name of my parents from

donations to the BPSF fund. It has been an awesome experience to see students being recognized through various funding programs and get the acknowledgments they deserve. They are our future leaders.

During this two years of planning, we have worked together as classmates. I am working now with a team to secure items for a silent auction we'll host at our class reunion to raise additional funds for our class scholarship. These are classmates for which I had no connections with in high school, so it has been a meet-up of new friends with all of us having many of the same life experiences. The community sees our focus and has been willing to donate. This is a highlight for me.

For any who would like to donate to our Class of 1969 Scholarship Fund or the silent auction, contact the BPSF and reference the "Class of 1969". You can reach the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation at 218-454-6921 or

Susan Koering

Class of 1969