STELLA — Those who attended Stella and Triway schools are encouraged to participate in the Stella All-School Reunion from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Triway cafeteria.

STELLA — Those who attended Stella and Triway schools are encouraged to participate in the Stella All-School Reunion from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Triway cafeteria.

"This year, the Triway Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th reunion," Stella Class of 1955 Vernon Pogue said. "We encourage those who attend to bring memorabilia such as yearbooks, photos and other items to share."

There is no cost to attend. In year’s past, along with a time to fellowship and catch up with former classmates, there would be something different.

“Instead of having a dinner, we are going to have desserts, finger foods and refreshments all afternoon,” said Pogue. “The people are supposed to bring a dessert like a pie, cake or cookies or finger food."

Stella has a rich history of schools. The first school dates back to the 1900s, when the citizens of Stella decided to build an academy. According to the book “From Buzzard Glory to Seed Tick: A History of the schools in Newton County, Missouri” (page 246), “although a grade school had existed in the area for some years, this was the first attempt to offer a high school education. Tuition for the year 1900 was $18, six months tuition was $15 and less than six months was $3 a month.”

The first high school burnt in 1935. In 1936, a new structure was built with the help of the WPA labor. It was located on the same site as where the Triway Elementary School is located. The second school was a 12-grade level school, one story. However, the second school burnt in 1959. The last graduating class of Stella was in 1964. Stella joined with Fairview and Midway (near Stark City and Newtonia) to form Triway School District. Triway joined with Granby to form East Newton School District in 1967.

"We encourage everyone to attend," said Pogue.

For more information, call Vernon Pogue at 437-0649.