• RJR Alumni and Friends centennial logo

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening

    Sent to RJR Alumni everywhere

     on January 29, 2023

     The first planned event of RJR's 100th Birthday celebration was the unveiling of an 8 foot-long mural created by renowned local artist Nick Bragg on Wednesday, January 18th. The local media did a good job of covering this prestigous event. To view what they presented, click onto the following images. 

    Fox 8 NEWS logo

    the Winston-Salem Journal logo

    WFMY2NEWS logo

    To learn what all is depicted in the mural and how to purchase a print of it that was personally signed by Mr Bragg

    (which sells for ONLY $20):

    click onto the following image.

    print of 8 ft. long mural created by Nick Bragg

    During the unveiling event, a video was shown that tells about the thoughts and dreams Katharine Smith Reynolds had for Reynolds High School. She was the the widow of R.J. Reynolds, and was the person that bought and donated the 25 acres the high school sits on. She was also the person that paid for the creation of Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium. Once that construction was completed, she donated it to the City. That above mentioned video was produced by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. It can be viewed by clicking onto the following image.

    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System logo

    To help us celebrate this momentous occasion,

    the RJR Alumni and Friends organization has designated this month as

    RJR's Days of Giving.

    THERE ARE ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT IN JANUARY!

    It is our hope that YOU will make a donation

    to help make immediate improvements 'amid the pines.'

    To learn how: click onto the image below (which is a picture of R.J. Reynolds High School taken around 1925).

    picture of RJR taken around 1925

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR centennial logo

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening

    Celebrating RJR's 100th Birthday TODAY!  

    Sent to RJR Alumni everywhere

     on January 15, 2023

     

    Monday, January 15, 1923:

    the day that

    RJ Reynolds High School

    opened its doors to students for the very first time!

    Happy 100th Birthday RJR!

    It was not a well-planned long anticipated event. It came about VERY suddenly. Winston-Salem at that time was the largest and most prosperous city in North Carolina. At the beginning of 1923, there were two school systems in Forsyth County: the Winston-Salem School System and the Forsyth County School System. There were only two high schools in the Winston-Salem school system: Winston High (which was for teenagers referred to back then as "white students"), and East Winston High (which was for teenagers referred to back then as "colored students"). A picture of Winston High (which was located on Cherry Street) follows.

    Winston High

    On Tuesday, January 9, 2023, Winston High burned to the ground.

    The headlines of the Winston-Salem Journal the next day follows.

    Winston Salem Journal headlines about Winston High burning down

    As noted in the box titled “High School Will Open Monday in New Building: “The Winston-Salem High School will be opened again next Monday morning, January 15, in the new High School building now nearing completion. The second floor of the new building will be ready and twenty rooms will be available for pupils. This announcement is made on authority of representatives of the school board, of the board of aldermen, the superintendent of the city public schools and the officials of the DuPont Construction Co., which is building the new High School plant. Board walks will be laid at once so that the children may reach the new school building without wading through mud. The Elks offered their home and several churches, among them the First Presbyterian, for which authorities expressed deep appreciation last night.”

    The date that the creation and future construction of RJ Reynolds HIgh School and Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium was officially "recognized" by the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen was on Thursday (night), July 3, 1919. What was Winston-Salem like one hundred years ago? Below is a color photograph of Main Street taken sometime during the 1920's.

    photograph taken of Main Street in Winston-Salem in the 1920's

    There are several articles posted on the RJR Alumni and Friends website that deal with the early history of RJR. To go to this website (which can be gotten to by clicking onto www.RJRalumni.org): click on to the above image. To view a listing of the articles on our website that tell about the early history of Reynolds High School, click onto the image below (which is a picture of RJR taken around 1925).

    photoraph of RJR taken around 1925

    To help us celebrate this momentous occasion,

    the RJR Alumni and Friends organization has designated this month as

    RJR's Days of Giving.

    It is our hope that YOU will make a donation

    to help make immediate improvements 'amid the pines.'

    To learn how: click onto the image below (which is a picture of RIchcard J. Reynolds Auditorium taken around 1925).

    photograph of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium taken around 1925

    I want to remind you that as a way to help celebrate RJR's 100th birthday, local renown artist Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg has created a 10 foot long mural that now hangs on a wall just outside the Media Room. To learn about the mural and its creator, and also see all of the items we have for sale in our newly opened on-line store: : click onto the following picture of the mural.

    And don't forget that we have prints of the mural

    that are signed by Mr. Bragg

    on sale for ONLY $20!!

    murl created by Nick Bragg celebrating RJR's 100th birthday

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.


    RJR Alumni centennial logo

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent on January 11, 2023

    ​We are approaching a VERY IMPORATANT day in the history of

    RJ Reynolds High School:
    Sunday, January 15th, is RJR's 100th birthday!

    To help us celebrate this momentous occasion,

    the RJR Alumni and Friends organization has designated this month as

    RJR's Days of Giving.

    It is our hope that YOU will make a donation

    to help make immediate improvements 'amid the pines.'

    To learn how: click onto the image above.

    I thought now would be a good time to inform you of just some of the accomplishments the RJR Alumni organization has achieved over that last dozen or so years. I have stated in the past that we are the ONLY public high school alumni organization IN THE COUNTRY that annually awards two $1,000 scholarships, and also gives a check for $1,000 to the staff member (selected by their peers) as the RJR Teacher of the Year. An important fact about this: we have NOTHING to do concerning who gets these awards. The Guidance Department selects the scholarship awardees, and at the beginning of every school-year, the staff gets together and takes an anonymous vote to determine which of them is THE BEST OF THE BEST that year. What follows a list of those that have received either a check from us for $1,000, or a $1,000 scholarship.

    PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

    Leslie Alexander

     

    TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

    Rodney Allen

    Seth Beale

    Andy Biles

    Josh Bragg

    Royzetta Cokley

    Nicole Eskridge

    Anita Fleming

    David Friedman

    Allie George

    Pamela Kirkland

    Allie Maingin

    Karen Morris

    Tim Scott

    Heather Barto Wiley

     

    SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

    Jack Beilman

    Adrienne Boney

    Chandler Borton

    Katie Brown

    Stephen Brown

    Laura Doughton

    Jeff Echols

    Drew Fisch

    Jack Foster

    Justin Floeter

    Emily Graves

    Chelsea Hignite

    Molly Hignite

    Scott Holzworth

    Aida Husukic

    Tony Jenkins

    Elizabeth Meinberg

    Fatima Oumar

    Jack Peatross

    Kimberly Mykel Thompson

    Marni Jane Vinluan

    Tatum Ward

    Jacob Weinberg

    Stephen Wilson

    You may be wondering: why does Leslie Alexander's name appear under "Principals." In the spring of 2017 she was named the Arts Magnet Schools 'Principal of the Year' by our local School System....and then the next year she was named 'THE Principal of the Year' by our local School System. The RJR Alumni organization made the decision that we should honor these awards the same as we honor the Teacher of the Year Awards.

     

    Should you wish to see a picture of all of these folks, and learn more about them: click onto the image below. Something to keep in mind: every name you see represents a disbursement of $1,000...and the ONLY way we can annually give out these three $1,000 awards is by us each year receiving at least $3,000 in donations. And those donations come from caring RJR alumni...like YOU!

    RJR Principal Art Paschal awarding flowers to the RJR Teacher of the Year

    I want to remind you that as a way to help celebrate RJR's upcoming 100th birthday, local renown artist Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg has created a 10 foot long mural that now hangs on a wall just outside the Media Room. To learn about the mural and its creator, and also see all of the items we have for sale in our newly opened on-line store: : click onto the following picture of the mural.

    And don't forget that we have prints of the mural

    that are signed by Mr. Bragg

    on sale for ONLY $20!!

    Nick Bragg mural

     

    And last:  please don't forget that the AWESOME annual RJR A CAPPELLA JAME FOR HOPE is taking place at Reynolds Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Saturday.  I'll be there.  I hope to see YOU there also.

     

    RJR A CAPPELLA JAM FOR HOPE flyer

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.

     


    RJR Alumni and Friends centennial logo

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent on January 4, 2023

    The reason you are getting another emailed newsletter from me

    just three days after the last one I sent

    is to remind you that the RJR Alumni online store is now open... as promised!

    You can get there by clicking onto the above image.

    If you live in the Winston-Salem area, there is a way you can eliminate the shipping and handling fees: merely go to the front of Reynolds Auditorium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 14th. All the items will be available for in-person shopping on the front porch of the auditorium (and thus you and the items for sale will be in a safe place weather-wise).

    RJR students will have the opportunity to purchase these items at the cafeteria the day before this (i.e., on Friday. the 13th), during their lunch period.

    If purchasing any of the items in-person, there are 3 ways you can pay that allow you to purchase the items for the prices shown: via cash or Venmo or via CashApp. You can also pay using your credit or debit card...but you will be charged an additional transaction fee of 2.9% of the total purchase price, plus

    30 cents (which is the fee we are charged for accepting credit or debit cards for payment).

    Nick Bragg

    I want to remind you that as a way to help celebrate RJR's upcoming 100th birthday, local renown artist Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg has created a 10 foot long mural that now hangs on a wall just outside the Media Room. To learn about the mural and its creator, and also see all of the items we have for sale: click onto the above picture of Nick.
     

    And don't forget that we have prints of the mural

    that are signed by Mr. Bragg

    on sale for ONLY $20!!

    A picture of that mural follows.

    mural

    A VERY SPECIAL DAY IS FAST APPROACHING!!!

    RJR's 100th birthday will be on January 15th. We have designated

    today thru January 15th as

    RJR's DAYS OF GIVING

    Our goal is to raise $4,000!!.

    ​It is our hope that YOU will consider making a tax-deductible donation to our

    ​CALVIN Fund.

    ​Those dollars will be sent to the school, with the instructions that RJR Principal Calvin Freeman can immediately use them in any manner he thinks useful that will make improvements on-campus for the students and/or staff. To learn how to make a donation: click onto the following picture of Mr. Freeman.

    Calvin Freeman

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR Alumni and Friends centennial logo

    I hope you and your family have a happy and healthy new year!

    Starting today, the RJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends organization has expanded our social media presence. To learn the details, click onto any of the 3 following images.

    Facebook logo     Instagram logo     Twitter logo

    RJR's 100th birthday will be on January 15th. We have designated

    today thru January 15th as

    RJR's DAYS OF GIVING.

    ​It is our hope that YOU will consider making a tax-deductible donation to our

    ​CALVIN Fund.

    ​Those dollars will be sent to the school, with the instructions that RJR Principal Calvin Freeman can immediately use them in any manner he thinks as useful that will make improvements on-campus for the students and/or staff. To learn how to do this: click onto the following picture of Mr. Freeman.

    Calvin Freeman

    As a way to help celebrate RJR's upcoming 100th birthday, local renown artist Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg has created a 10 ft. mural, that now hangs on a wall just outside the Media Room. To learn about the mural and its creator, and to learn how to order a print of it, click onto the following picture of Nick.

    Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent on Christmas Day

     I hope this is your most enjoyable holiday season ever! 

    During the last 2 weeks of school there were 3 student concerts staged at Reynolds Auditorium that I recorded...and all of them showcased some very talented students. To view videos of the Fall Band, Dance and/or Orchestra Concerts, click onto any of the following images.

    RJR Band

    RJR Dance class participants

    RJR Orchestra

    This week the new Class of the RJR Sports Hall of Fame (consisting of 9 new members) was announced. To see the list of these folks and learn about their accomplishments, click on the following image.

    RJR Sports Hall of Fame logo

    As we close in on the end of the year, I realize that a lot of you will be considering what end-of-the-year donations you want to make to your favorite nonprofits. I hope you will consider making one to us...which will benefit your alma mater. We currently have 4 initiatives, and each of these could use more funding (especially the initiative that annually gives $1,000 to the staff member selected as by their peers as the RJR Teacher of the Year....since presently we do not have the needed funds in-hand to make that award in May). To view our four initiatives and learn how to make a donation: click onto the following image.

    RJR school sign

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent on December 18th

     I hope your Christmas shopping is almost completed. 

    On Friday, past RJR principal Dr. Leslie Alexander had her portrait unveiled. It will soon be hung in the Media Room with the portraits of all past principals, as well as with the other portraits of special RJR past teachers and students. Also unveiled on Friday was a notebook that has descriptions of each person who's portrait hangs in the Media Center. To see Dr. Alexander's portrait, as well as the contents of the previously mentioned notebook, click onto the following image.

    Dr. Leslie Alexander

    This week I received a challenge letter from the Class of 1954. The Class of 1954 challenges ALL RJR classes to in 2023 meet or surpass their raising of over $2,000 for one of the three RJR initiatives. To learn the specifics of this challenge (shown below), click onto the following image.

    challenge letter

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent on December 5th

    To​ those of you in Georgia: I feel sure that Tuesday cannot come soon enough!

    I seem to find myself constantly searching for an escape from the seemingly everyday madness that is taking place around the world. I found it last week when I was able to enjoy RJR's 2022 Holiday Showcase, that featured the AMAZING Reynolds a cappella choral groups. And the good news for you: because I recorded this concert and posted that video on the Alumni website, you too can enjoy listening (and watching) these VERY talented students sing. If what you need is a 60-minute respite of GREAT music performed by some FABULOUSLY talented RJR students, click onto the following image.

    RJR Choirs

    As we close in on the end of the year, I want to remind you that each May we disburse $3,000 worth of awards in our issuance of two $1,000 scholarships and in our giving of $1,000 to the staff member (selected by their peers) as the RJR Teacher of the Year. We are able to do this ONLY if we have received enough donations to cover these expenses. Presently, we need to receive some donations for both of these initiatives to be able to make those awards. I would hope that you would consider making a tax-deductible donation to these two important Alumni initiatives. You can learn how by clicking onto the following link.

    Click here to make a donation

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent Thanksgiving Day

    I think today will be a good time to briefly tell you about the ‘RJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends’ corporation. It was incorporated in 1992 as a way to help raise funds for the renovation of Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium. It was deemed a 501c3 nonprofit by the IRS in 1994. I am the President of the Board of Directors, and there are 5 members on the Board. There are no paid employees, and the only annual expenses we have are for the rental of a Post Office box, and the monthly expenses (totaling less than $15) of paying for Vimeo.com (used to store the videos we show) and for SocketLabs.com (used to send out my newsletters to over 11,000 RJR alumni).

    Every financial gift we receive is tax-deductible, and if you are giving your donation to a special cause: 100% of those funds go to that cause! We currently have 4 on-going initiatives, and they are…

    * To raise the needed funds to award two $1,000 scholarships every year.

    * To raise the funds needed to annually give $1,000 to the staff member (selected by their peers) as the Teacher of the Year.

    FYI: the yearly awarding of two $1,000 scholarships and the giving of $1,000 to the Teacher of the Year are able to take place ONLY because we receive enough donations to cover those expenses! To our knowledge, we are the ONLY public high school alumni organization IN THE UNITED STATES that has a tradition of doing this! On behalf of myself and our Board of Directors:

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    The other two initiatives we have are…

    * To help raise the needed $25,000 to move the Demon Pantry into an unused room which will greatly expand its capabilities.

    * To raise $25,000 so an endowment can be created with the Winston-Salem Foundation…so that once enough donations are received: funds will be available every year to meet the demands of the first two initiatives, and do other good things at RJR. To help in this endeavor: personalized engraved bricks (that will be permanently adhered to the base of one of the two flagpoles in front of Reynolds Auditorium) are being offered for $500.

    To learn more about these four initiatives, and to hopefully make a donation: click onto the following link.

    Details concerning our 4 initiatives

    Per RJR's website concerning the make-up of its 1,750 student-body: “Representing more than 24 countries, our student body is comprised of 39% White, 34% Black, 16% Hispanic, 6% Multi-Racial and 5% Asian students. Additionally, approximately 50% of our students qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program. In the graduating class of 2020, 78% of our students went on to further their education after high school."

    A sizeable number of the students at Reynolds High School are VERY poor. Unlike the traditional idea of a turkey dinner, those students will be lucky if there is any food in their home on Thanksgiving Day.

    The vision statement of Reynolds High School is: "RJR fosters an inclusive space that informs, inspires, and empowers through academics, arts and athletics. We equip and support students to achieve their dreams. Among our strengths are a high academic tradition, a diverse student population, strong parental support and an active alumni association."

    MANY thanks for your continued interest in and support of us, and RJR:

    the place where everyone wants to be!

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent November 12, 2022 

    To ALL of you who have served in the armed forces:

    MANY MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!

     

    Josh Settlemyre is the Director of RJR Choirs. A week ago he and I staged a recorded Zoom conversation several days after the Fall Choral Concert took place at Reynolds Auditorium. I came to that interview knowing that the various Reynolds High School a cappella groups have been recognized for quite a few years as being some of the VERY best in this part of our country. After the interview I realized that the RJR Department of Choirs and especially the a cappella groups rival most college choral programs! To learn about all the AMAZING things taking place with the Reynolds' choirs: click onto the following image of Josh and me to see a video of our conversation.

    Josh Settlemyre & Harry Corpening

    If you are like me, you are constantly searching for an escape from the 24/7 coverage of the recent elections. (And personally, I would suggest you say a prayer for the citizens of Georgia, who are going to AGAIN have to vote in a run-off election that could determine what political party controls the Senate). If listening to two full hours of FABULOUS music sung by some unbelievably talented students is something you think may give you that escape: click onto the following picture from the RJR Fall Choral Concert to see a video of that amazing performance.

    RJR Choir

    As we close in on Thanksgiving, let me remind you of the four on-going Alumni initiatives:

    * raising the needed funds so we can award two $1,000 scholarships in May

    * raising the needed funds so we in May can give $1,000 to the staff member selected by their peers as the RJR Teacher of the Year

    * raising the funds needed to expand the Demon Pantry into a larger room (so that once done, the problem of there being hungry students at Reynolds High School will FOREVER be eliminated)

    * raising enough money to create an endowment with the Winston-Salem Foundation.

    To learn more about each of these initiatives, click onto the following image.

    RJR

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.

     






    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent October 31, 2022

     The leaves in this area are bursting with color this week. 

    If you live in the Winston-Salem area, you probably already know what I am about to sadly tell you: Stanley "Stan" Elrod unexpectedly died on Tuesday. He was RJR's fifth principal. He came to Reynolds in 1982 as the boys basketball coach. (He had earned a full scholarship at Newberry College because of his basketball skills. He ended up being named an All American while there, and last year he was inducted into the Newberry College Hall of Fame). During his tenure at Reynolds, besides coaching basketball, he also taught social studies, became RJR's Athletic Director, became an Assistant Principal, and was named Principal in 1991 (following the retirement of his predecessor Robert "Bob" Deaton). In 2005, he was named the first principal of Ronald Reagan High School.

    Stan Elrod

    The funeral for Mr. Elrod (that was open to the public) was held at Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium yesterday. Hundreds of his staff members, students and friends attended. To view a newspaper article about Stan, and see his obituary and a video of his amazing funeral service (that provided a LOT of IMPRESSIVE information about him I feel sure you did not know) : click onto the above image.

    Below is what was seen by the funeral attendees as they left following the conclusion of the funeral service.

    gold flowers

    Current RJR PTSA President Mrs. Stephanie Kennedy last week brought in gold flowers and put them in a seat on the back row that was draped with black cloth. (Stan Elrod had a seat named in his honor by the RJR PTSA many years ago). Maybe you would would like to name a seat in the Auditorium for someone special in your life...or yourself. For $500/seat, you can name as many as you wish. To learn how to do this, click onto the above image.

    If you have read the last few newsletters I have emailed, you will know that the RJR Alumni is offering engraved bricks for $500 that will be permanently adhered to the base of one of the two flagpoles in front of Reynolds Auditorium. Below are the two bricks I have previously ordered. However, this week I will order one more...because I think it is VERY important that as long as Reynolds Auditorium exists, people should know that Stan Elrod was the Principal at RJ Reynolds High School for 14 wonderful years! FYI: these bricks are being used by the RJR Alumni organization to help raise the needed $25,000 to create an endowment with the Winston-Salem Foundation. If you want to order a brick for someone special, or yourself: click onto the following image.

    engraved bricks

    On another topic: RJR's fall play (THE GREAT GATSBY) was staged last week. It was awesome, and it showcased some AMAZINGLY talented students. To view a video of the Friday night performance: click onto the following image.

    The Great Gatsby flier

    And speaking of great student performances, don't forget that the MUCH anticipated RJR Fall Choral Concert will take place on Wednesday evening, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm, at Reynolds Auditorium. I will be there, and will be bringing some friends with me. Hopefully I will see YOU there also!

    Feel free to forward this email on to ANYONE you think would be interested in reading it. If you want to add your email address to our list, or have us change your email address, or have us take your email address off our list: merely send me an email at RJRhighschool@aol.com with that request.

    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.





    RJR

    An emailed newsletter from Alumni President Harry Corpening 

    to RJR Alumni everywhere!

     sent October 22, 2022

    The calendar says it is October...but it feels like winter outside. 

    I want to thank the MANY of you who have donated to help fund the expansion of the Demon Pantry. In case you don't know: the Demon Pantry has been in existence for several years to immediately feed students who come to school hungry. This started out as a mission of Centenary United Methodist Church. All a hungry student had to do to immediately get something to eat was to tell their guidance counselor that they were hungry. Donated foods were brought in for this purpose. A while later, needed toiletries were also made available. This fall, RJR Principal Calvin Freeman came up with the idea of converting a corner room on the first floor (at the other end of the hallway from the school office) into the new Demon Pantry. This room would have pantries filled with dry goods, and refrigerators filled with fresh vegetables and greens (that needy students could eat and also take home with them). The breakfasts prepared by the school cafeteria that were not picked up would also be placed in these refrigerators; and microwaves would be there to heat these up. This room currently has only unused student lockers (pictured below).

    room with lockers

    Doors would be installed at the room's two openings, so no one walking by would know who was in there nor what items they were getting. The cost of renovating this room is $25,000. However, the good news: RJR is now a 'Title 1' school, and will likely always be one. 'Title 1' schools get a lot of extra funding from the federal government each year, and one of the allowable uses of these funds is supplying food for such pantries. Thus, if this room gets converted into the new Demon Pantry, this would FOREVER end the problem of there being hungry students at Reynolds High School! If you would like to join me in making a donation to support this MUCH NEEDED renovation: click onto the above image.

    I also want to thank those of you who have ordered engraved bricks that will be adhered to the bases of one of the two flagpoles in front of Reynolds Auditorium. These bricks are being used by the RJR Alumni organization to help raise the needed $25,000 to create an endowment with the Winston-Salem Foundation (so that once created, and once enough funds are raised: EVERY YEAR two $1,000 scholarships can be awarded and $1,000 will be given to the staff person (selected by their peers) as the RJR Teacher of the Year! These bricks cost $500 each, and you can order as many as you like. Each brick can have 3 lines of text, each with up to 20 characters (all capitalized). What better way to PERMANENTLY leave your mark at RJR! Below is a picture of the two bricks I have ordered. If you want to make an order, click onto that picture.

    my engraved bricks

    One of the great things about the end of October is that student events are being planned and staged at Reynolds Auditorium. The first of these performances is going to be the 2022 fall play: "The Great Gatsby."

    The Great Gatsby flier

    This will be staged at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week (at Reynolds Auditorium). I will be there, and hopefully I will see you there also!

    And following that, the MUCH anticipated RJR Fall Choral Concert will take place on Wednesday evening, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm, again at Reynolds Auditorium If you want to spend an evening listening to some AWESOME teenage singers, I would HIGHLY suggest you plan on joining me there. You will be THOROUGHLY entertained... and impressed...by these talented musicians.

    And speaking of RJR's amazing Department of Choirs: the Choir Director (Josh Settlemyre) has informed me they are raising funds to (among MANY other things) create a professional website, release a new album in December, go to the recording studio again in the spring, and stage (along with two awesome school-year concerts) the best A Cappella Jam for Hope yet. To learn more about their planned activities, and how you can assist them maintain their ranking of being one of the VERY BEST public school choir departments in this part of our country: click onto the following image.

    past RJR choir

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    MANY thanks for your time and consideration.

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