High School Reunion Wisdom – Part I


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school reunions can be a great reality check for what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come since we were high school seniors just trying to figure out what to do in the next year, let alone for the rest of our lives. Too bad we didn’t realize then that we might still be wondering today what it is exactly we want to do when we grow up.

Growing older does have its benefits, though. We discover who we really are, learn from our mistakes, and while we don’t have it all figured out, we can at least understand that we don’t understand everything.

High school reunion wisdom is something you recognize as you begin approaching your high school reunion. You probably don’t have it all figured out just yet, but you’ve learned there is wisdom that comes from living your life as an adult, even if you don’t always feel like an adult.

Below are a few of our favorite reunion wisdom quotes. You are welcome to download and distribute these graphics on Facebook, Instagram, e-mail, or any other way you may find useful as you plan or plan to attend your high school reunion.

Check back next week and we’ll share 8 more high school reunion wisdom quotes. And if we’ve missed your favorite piece of reunion wisdom, let us know in the comments section.

Reunion Post-Its – Our Friday Freebie Give-a-Way!

UPDATE:  Thanks to a great response from reunion committees all around the country, we are out of our post-it notes.  Thanks for including us as part of your reunion event!

High school reunion committees are always on the hunt for something new…and free!  We may be able to help.

If you are looking for a little SWAG as a give-a-way for gift bags, thank you baskets, handouts for your reunion committee members, or even mailed as part of your reunion invitation packets, we would love to send you a stack of our post-it notes.

Free post-it note give-a-ways for your high school reunion from Varsity Reunions. E-mail cyndi@varsityreunions.com to request a set!

The notes include our logo and contact information, and also include our favorite reunion truth:  You won’t know if you don’t go.   What more is there to say about a high school reunion?

Let us know how many post-it notes you would like by sending an e-mail to cyndi@varsityreunions.com. Be sure to include a mailing address and the name of your reunion, and we’ll ship a set to you.  Military and family reunions, we’re happy to send post-its to you, too!

We hope our reunion post-its are a fun addition to your reunion planning!

Build Excitement for Your High School Reunion Using Social Media

More ideas on using social media to build excitement for your high school reunion from varsityreunions.com.

Most everyone agrees using an image is the best way to share content across social media, especially when using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Since we know many reunion committees rely on these platforms to share information about their high school reunion, we created postable graphics you may download and use to build excitement for the event. You may also want to include the images in your e-mail messaging to classmates.

Try posting a question once or twice a week as you lead up to your reunion celebration weekend.  It is a great way to spark the reminiscing and storytelling your classmates are looking for at your high school reunion.

 

Does the Reunion Ticket Price Matter? – Part II

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Last year we wrote about reunion ticket price and how it really just doesn’t make a difference in the number of classmates attending the reunion. So, I decided to take a look at our 2014 reunions to see if the same holds true a year later.

In 2014, four reunions exceeded our average reunion attendance by at least 7%, and some by as much as 11%. These percentages may not sound like a lot, but they are the equivalent of 31-49 additional classmates and guests attending the reunion, enough to make you take notice that the reunion did something right to have such a great turnout.

 

Looking at what it cost to attend these four reunions, three of the events had ticket prices higher than $70 per person. Classmates wanted to attend the reunion and were willing to pay the ticket price.

For the reunion with the lower ticket price, it cost $55 per person to attend. But if you compare that class’ attendance to that of the same school’s class of 1993 reunion attendance, the class of 1993 actually had 5 more people attend with a ticket price at $72, or $17 per person higher.

We also saw the same thing with a class of 2003 and a class of 2004 reunion comparison from the same school. For the class of 2003, the ticket price was $89 per person. For the class of 2004’s reunion, the cost was $50. Yet we saw 22 more classmates and guests attend the reunion that cost $34 more per person.

Of course, reunion attendance is based on a number of subjective and sometimes uncontrollable factors, such as the closeness of the class when they were in high school and how far classmates have to travel to attend. But it is definitely not based on ticket price.

Here are a few other reunion truths worth sharing:

High School Reunion Bucket List

A high school reunion can be much more than the cliched events we see in the movies. Check off a few of these reunion bucket list activities during your reunion weekend to make it an especially unforgettable event.

High School Reunion Wisdom?

It Doesn’t Get Better from Jason Headley on Vimeo.

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook is a great tool to promote a high school reunion and build excitement about the event.  Classmates who are part of the reunion committee can easily take turns posting on the class reunion Facebook group or page, as well as responding to posts by other classmates. The more active the page, the better.

Posts may be interactive, with open ended questions to involve your classmates, reminders about the reunion, or used as a way to pass along specific information.  Below are posting ideas to keep your classmates engaged before the reunion:

Interactive Posts

  • What song reminds you of our senior year?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • Who was your prom date?
  • Tell about a time you almost got busted in high school.
  • How did you spend spring break our senior year?
  • What songs would you like to hear at the reunion?
  • Who did we beat in the homecoming football game our senior year?
  • Who can’t you wait to see at the reunion?
  • What is your favorite memory of high school?
  • You know you were a 1994 (mascot) if _______________.
  • What advice would you give to an incoming freshman at our high school?
  • What advice would you give to a graduating senior?
  • Complete this sentence:  In high school, I wanted to have a career as a _______, now I am a ______.
  • Post the yearbook photos from your senior year.  Encourage classmates to use their senior year photo as their profile picture the week before the reunion.
  • Ask classmates to post a picture of their family.  Create an album for the photos.

Reminder and Information Specific Posts

  • Provide an update on the reunion venue or hotel room block.  Include a link.
  • Share the reunion night menu.
  • Let classmates know to watch their mailbox because their reunion invitation has been mailed.
  • Remind classmates of registration due dates.  Include a link to your online registration.
  • Tag classmates who are considered lost because you don’t have a current mailing address.
  • Post a thank you to the reunion committee, and list everyone who helped with the planning.
  • Share a link of the weather forecast for your town the weekend of the reunion.
  • Post updates about your high school.  Did they beat your biggest school rival in the homecoming football game?  Have students recently received impressive academic recognition?  Was there a dedication for a new music facility?  Post photos and links to stories about the events.

You may have ideas that are specific to your class, maybe a “where were you when…” or “who else failed (teacher’s name) class?”  If you have an idea for a post, do it!  The goal is to reach your classmates, create fun and excitement for the reunion, and reconnect as your celebrate your reunion year.

 

Reunion Planning Wisdom

Most Likely to Be…

Most likely to be our most favorite reunion photo ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s High School Reunion Meme Time