Charis Your Life with Charis Santillie

Reflections on My 30 Year High School Reunion

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In this episode, I take you on a journey through the nostalgic experience of attending my 30-year high school reunion in Richland, Washington. I also share poignant details of my senior year back in 1993 and how my community’s connection to the Hanford site, a significant piece of history tied to the ending of World War II, influenced our senior class gift back to the school...

As President of my senior class, I led a project to raise $21,000 for a massive 3,200 sq. ft. mural to be painted and affixed to the exterior wall of our gymnasium to commemorate the “Day's Pay” B-17 airplane. 

Listen in to hear a touching story of unity by 51,000 Hanford site workers during World War II as they gave up a day’s pay in order to donate a B-17 to the war effort. The mural, painted by artist Pablo Soto, unveiled the legacy of the “Day's Pay” and served as a symbol of both our community’s and school's history.

Transitioning to the reunion, I recount the emotional rollercoaster of reconnecting with classmates after three decades. From reminiscing about my 10-year and 20-year reunions to the newfound authenticity and camaraderie felt this time around, each reunion has marked a checkpoint in our lives. I explore the deep connections that bind us to our childhood classmates and the growth we've experienced over the years.

What You’ll Learn:

- The historical significance of the Hanford site and its connection to my high school

- Creating a commemorative mural honoring the “Day's Pay” and its symbolism

- The emotional journey of attending a 30-year high school reunion

- Embracing vulnerability, authenticity, and gratitude from reconnecting with childhood friends

- Another legacy moment that happened just this year in connection with the “Day’s Pay” and the local police department’s uniforms

Join me as we dive into a whirlwind of emotions, laughs, and life lessons from a reunion that's about way more than just reminiscing. It's all about the connections that bind us and the legacy we leave behind.


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