(a personal letter from Dave's mom, Judy Sanders to the class of 1979)
Hello, class of 1979! Does the attached picture look like someone you knew at Kennedy?
Dave Sanders, perhaps? Actually, the 16-year-old is Sean, Dave’s son, a junior at Entiat High School in central Washington. You may know that Dave died in a car accident in 1996. You may also remember him as a zesty musician who, with his pal, Larry Ricci, livened things up a time or two at Kennedy. We’re glad Sean resembles Dave so much.
I’m Dave’s mom and I wanted you to know that shortly after Dave’s death, I established music scholarships in Dave’s name. The scholarships help pay the tuition of deserving music students at Kennedy. The applicants, either vocal or instrumental students, write essays explaining why studying music is vital to them and a faculty committee makes the selections based on the applicants’ history, academic record, and the essays. Neither Mr. Paynton, nor Ms. Milasich is part of the selection committee. Winners are announced at the spring concert.
Friends and relatives have pitched in to help fund these scholarships, which have ranged from $500 to $750 each, and perhaps you might want to do the same. To tell the truth, we can use your help. We’d like to have at least two $750 scholarships offered each spring. I know, we are all watching every penny these days, but I want to keep these scholarships going and believe me, every penny will help.
Thank you for considering donating…and mostly for remembering Dave.
You can send your donation to Kennedy, c/o Susanna Williams. Please make your check out to J.F. Kennedy Memorial High School and be sure to write on it that it is for the Dave Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund.
I’m certain your memories of your years at JFK were as good as Dave’s were. (Perhaps yours were a little calmer?) My best to you and your families. Have a memory-filled reunion. Hugs all around.