Carpenters Day at CMS draws community together

Every fall folks who grew up in the Carpenters community or who attended the old Carpenters schools gather for a day of reminiscing and catching up.

The fourth annual Carpenters Day event at Carpenters Middle School was held Oct. 22 at the school on Huffstettler Road.

Librarian Lisa Plemons said the event is in honor of the former students of the school and those who grew up in the Carpenters area. Approximately 50 people came this year. “It’s just a day dedicated to them. We serve lunch, and they come down and get together. We share stories and some of the history,” Plemons said. “We try to gather family tree information and old photos and pictures of the old school. We do a little something every year.”

Plemons started the event four years ago, and it is close to her heart. “My dad, Tom Kidd, attended the original school in this area and this event is a way for me to honor him,” she said. “He makes us all kinds of wood-working stuff, and he usually gives us something for the library.”

Kidd said he graduated the school in 1947 when it was located in what is now a church.

“It means quite a bit to me. You see a lot of people you grew up with and associated with when you were little,” he said. “We enjoy going back every year and seeing them. I still have a lot of friends and kin folks here.”

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