The East Newton High School Class of 1989 is gearing up for their 25th class reunion.

The reunion will be held on Saturday, July 12, with a couple of events slated and organizers are putting on the final touches for the reunion.

“We are inviting basically anyone who would had a connection to our class,” said Master Scott Hall, a member of the reunion organizing committee. “This would include all those who graduated with the Class of '89, but also those who left or moved away (sometimes several years) before graduation. We also had several classmates who spent the majority of their school years in the class or two before us ('87, '88, etc.) but, for a variety of reasons did not meet the requirements at the time of their scheduled graduation. Then, after finishing up those things, they came back later and walked and received a diploma with our class. We'd love to include those folks, and invite them to attend as well.”

In the meantime, Hall said that the organizers have contacted a lot of the classmates via phone and social media.

“But for some that have moved away or don't stay connected online, we'd love help communicating with them as well,” he said. “If anyone knows of someone who was ever a part of the East Newton Class of '89, we'd like to encourage them to extend an invitation to them and have them contact us as soon as possible.”

Hall said they have already had some make their travel plans to attend the reunion, which he said would be a late morning / early afternoon event.

“We are planning a family-friendly get-together at the Lampo Community Center with some games for adults and kids (and/or, in some cases, grandkids) in the part of Morse Park in the immediate vicinity of the Lampo,” he said. “There are some family-friendly social activities including a picnic, perhaps some outdoor and/or water games, etc. There will also be an evening event at the Flower Box Theater in Downtown Neosho. This will be for classmates and spouses and will include music, a catered meal, and some fun stuff that we are still working out — maybe some retro-themed games, an ‘80s photo booth, etc.”

According to Hall, cost for the evening event will be $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door.

“We hope that the price difference will encourage folks to RSVP and pay early so that we can cover various up-front expenses and deposits on things like buildings, food, D.J., etc,” he said.

The Class of ’89 held their 10th reunion, which was a three-day event and included a time to tour the high school, a catered dinner and a picnic to round out the weekend in 1999.

For more information about the reunion, contact Hall at 483-1468, or, or