Class of 1972
Our 50th reunion coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first 7th grade class to experience Drey Land, and we propose that our class gift be dedicated to this remarkable outdoor environment.
The tradition of 7th graders spending three days at Drey Land began in the fall of our senior year when 20 of us were the first to participate as senior
counselors, and we were instrumental in ensuring that these new students had a safe, exciting, and memorable immersion. Those of us who participated not only bonded with the 7th graders and each other in a unique environment, but also had the opportunity to stretch our leadership skills and interact with faculty in an interesting new way.
It is a tradition for 50th reunion classes to give a gift to the school in appreciation of the extraordinary educational experience we were given. With input from classmates, our committee has chosen to make a gift to Drey Land, a place quite new to us then, yet important enough that a stunning photo of the property graced the cover of our yearbook. In addition to our class's inaugural role as senior counselors, many of us helped build cabins there the summer before. We were part of what has become an important component for the growth and development of Burroughs students. The current Drey Land program includes 7th grade orienteering and team building, 9th grade biology, and 12th grade leadership. In addition, the school is partnering with local communities to make the camp accessible to organizations which desire to provide outdoor education to underserved youth.
There has been little to no construction at Drey Land for fifty years. Our gift will help fund much-needed improvements including updating infrastructures, construction of a new lodge, and start an endowment to ensure camp programming and facility maintenance. Our class goal is to raise $50,000 to name two cabins at the camp. An anonymous classmate and spouse will match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000—which is truly amazing and very generous! We are also inspired by the Alice Walz Galt ’70 challenge to the Burroughs community. Our gift and the match from our classmate will be matched again by Alice – the impact of our gift will be multiplied twice!
We are excited about this opportunity to continue the class of ‘72’s commitment to the outdoor education tradition of Drey Land. As a group of alums who have stayed connected with the school at varying levels, our committee wants you to know that Burroughs is a place of which you can be very proud. In the 50 years since we graduated, JBS has remained a school of nationally recognized academic excellence. What is most important to us, though, is the understanding that, from the top down, the school believes that to define and ensure continued personal and academic excellence, Burroughs students need to embrace and celebrate every person as an individual, acknowledge and appreciate that there are multiple learning styles, recognize the critical importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and understand that a truly successful person values, learns from, and respects differences. The faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees are committed to these priorities, which are reflected in the Burroughs curriculum, training and support systems, and extra-curricular programs.
We believe that the Drey Land experience reflects all aspects of this philosophy and is consistent with our desire to make a gift that would help support students’ social and psychological well-being, an aspect of education which was only just beginning to be addressed in 1972. The programs and curriculum at the camp give all participants the opportunity to unplug, to learn from and in a natural environment, to be introspective, to see their classmates through a different lens, to develop new skills, and to interact with faculty in a unique way.
We hope you will agree that a gift to sustain the longevity and integrity of Drey Land is a significant way to honor our class’s connection to Burroughs. Return the form that was mailed to you or click on the images below that will take you to the online campaign. Please let any of us know if you have questions and thank you for considering a gift in honor of our 50th reunion!
Your 50th Reunion Committee,
Dusty Bricker Kiernan
Sally Knight Jakle
Beth Adams Louis
Peg McMahon Mallett
Liz Loeb McCane
Karen Klippel Terry
Cristin Daniel Viebranz
Friday, October 7
- 11:30 am Lunch at the Boat House in Forest Park (Dutch treat)
- 5:30 - 6:30 pm — Art Exhibit/Wine & Cheese (complimentary)
Bonsack Gallery featuring the work of Jan Huling '72
- 6 pm - 9 — ALL Alumni Cocktail Party/Dinner & Centennial Launch (complimentary)
JBS Quad & Haertter Hall – Cocktails & food truck dinner fare; Live music
Saturday, October 8
- 11:00 am - 1 pm — Alumni & Family Picnic (complimentary)
JBS Quad —Includes all family members. Look for class tables. Athletic events on campus:
9:00 am Boys Middle School Football vs. Westminster Christian Academy
9:00 am Volleyball - Varsity Girls vs. Lutheran High School
10:00 am Field Hockey - JV Girls vs. Ladue Horton Watkins HS
10:00 AM Volleyball - Varsity Girls vs. Seckman High School
11:30 AM Field Hockey - Varsity Girls vs. Ladue Horton Watkins HS
1:00 PM Football - Varsity Boys vs. Westminster Christian Academy
TBD - Cross Country - Varsity Girls & Boys
- 6:30 - 10:30 pm — Class of 1972 Party
Cocktails & Dinner on the Moonrise Hotel rooftop
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Questions? Contact Nancy Berg.