Regarding Bob Dvorchak's "Saturday Diary" ("So Who Has a Grade School Reunion After 50 Years?" June 15): Who has such a reunion after 50 years? St. Raphael's in Morningside, Class of 1944 -- that's who! St. Mary's in Uniontown doesn't have anything on our class.
Our idea started when a Central Catholic boy got in touch with a St. Raphael girl and our committee took off from there. We too took our class picture in front of the school and stood in the exact place that we had as 13-year-olds. Unfortunately, there were a few missing spaces. We also had a Mass, took pictures, then celebrated at the now-gone Blarney Stone.
Our June 1944 graduation date goes back to World War II, when a student would be called out of class -- either a father or brother was missing or killed. We bought 10-cent defense stamps; our school even bought a Jeep, which was driven to the school.
St. Raphael's parish has celebrated 100 years. The grade school is still there; however, the St. Joseph nuns are not. We talked about Sister St. This and Sister St. That and the discipline and rules enforced by both parents and nuns. We all agree -- they still have our respect.
Sixteen years later, those of us who remain from our eighth-grade class still meet around the holidays. Although one "student" comes from Texas every year, we're still all Pittsburghers. At age 83, those of us who are left still meet 69 years after eighth-grade graduation.
Keep the flame alive, St. Mary's, as long as you can. Maybe you can match St. Raphael's record.