Rosenwald School reunion: Dreams to wear

Rosenwald School reunion: Dreams to wear

Rosenwald School reunion: Dreams to wear | Rosenwald School
By Terri Jenkins-Brady Special to The Messenger “To sew for other people and have them wear it — that’s the icing on the cake,” Lazetta Patton said, after a very successful fashion show during this year’s fundraising and reunion for the Rosenwald School in South Fulton. Ms. Patton designed, cut and sewed — up to the last 15 minutes before curtain time — all the fashions for the runway display this year, just as she did in 2006. Nicknamed ‘Scissorhand,’ Ms. Patton doesn’t use a standard pattern to create her clothing for men and women. She took home economics at Milton School, but found the entire process too tedious. “Oh, my laying out that pattern, and then having to pin it and pin it every little bit, and then have to shift everything, and re-pin it.” She shook her head, remembering. “I just wanted to jump right in and start cutting. I wanted to see the clothes right away, and not wait!” A mischievous smile, and then she says, thoughtfully, “Maybe I could make something for Oprah some day.” Her fashions were modeled as a special part of a full day of festivities for the Ken-Tenn Homecoming and Reunion. The reunion is held every other year to keep the old school, built in 1953, open as a community center. In 2006, Ms. Patton said, “We had, we thought, our final reunion.” The Ken-Tenn Reunion had reached the end of the line, and the community center would have to close its doors. “But thanks to the Union City Messenger coming to support us, and, Glory be to God, putting our story on the front page; (that) helped save it, because donations came in. People said they did not want the center to close.” This year’s event surprised Ms. Patton because the crowd turnout was huge. “We had a packed house; full to capacity-standing room only. And what was so amazing was the teachers who taught some of us showed up to support the reunion too. It was a new millennium victory for the community coming back together.” Beatrice Wilcox, president of the Ken-Tenn School Homecoming and Reunion committee for Rosenwald and other schools, oversaw the one-day event, sponsoring a golf tournament and an elegant banquet dinner, complete with fresh flower centerpieces. Also included was a salute to America’s veterans and a prayer for our troops to be victorious and return home safely. Editor’s note: Terri Jenkins-Brady, a Kenton resident and a partner in Write Up the Road Publishing with her husband, Tim, is a former newspaper editor and columnist. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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