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Class of 1972 supports arts, education in Newton

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 12:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 12:47 p.m. CDT

Representatives of the Newton Senior High School graduating class of 1972 recently presented a gift of $700 to the Centre for Arts & Artists.

The class’s reunion planning committee chose the CAA for its strong leadership to establish a vibrant culture of supporting the arts in all its forms; to develop local economic opportunities; and to provide and maintain a venue for art education in the community, including a high-level of arts appreciation.

“We are excited by this generous donation, which caught us totally by surprise,” said Linda Klepinger, executive director. “We are working to establish an artists’ cooperative gift shop at the CAA and this special gift will be enormously helpful in fulfilling our immediate future plans.”

“Class reunion organizers have wanted, for some time, to give back to the community in which we spent our childhood,” said Dan Fisher, class president. “This year our planning, along with increased attendance at the past two class reunions, made that goal possible.”

The funds were raised through efforts related to the class’s 40th anniversary reunion held last June, including sales of a souvenir alumni book and post-reunion DVD.

For more information about classes and activities at the Centre & Arts and Artists, visit the building at 501 W. Third St. N. or call (641) 792-1391.

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