PALESTINE — Nostalgia from the old Palestine High School is available to purchase with proceeds going toward student scholarships.
Almost 1,000 bricks from the old high school were salvaged, cleaned and donated to the Jubela-Presley Scholarship Foundation. The bricks came from the south wall of the main building of PHS, which was demolished on July 14, 2011 so that a new structure could be built.
Each individual brick will include a Certificate of Authenticity signed by two members of the class of 1968 as well as by Mike Green, General Superintendent of Charter Builders. The bricks are being sold as a fund-raiser for the Jubela-Presley Scholarship, sponsored by the PHS Class of 1968.
Bricks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, for $20 each. There is no limit on the number of bricks that may be purchased. Only cash or checks made out to the Jubela-Presley Scholarship Fund will be accepted.
The Jubela-Presley Scholarship is organized under the Texas Area Fund Foundation, Inc. and has a 501©(3) tax-exempt status. All donations are tax deductible and additional donations are always welcomed.
The Jubela-Presley Scholarship was started as a way to honor two classmates from the PHS class of 1968, Tim Jubela and Diane Presley, who were killed after graduation in a tragic auto accident. To honor them and to create a lasting legacy for them, a classmate, Phillip Clark, had the idea to create the scholarship.
“The legacy for Tim Jubela and Diane Presley have already enriched the lives of many others. It is the hope of their classmates and friends that their legacy will continue to influence many others for years to come through the sale of these PHS bricks,” a news release said. “These bricks would make a truly unique gift of remembrance, as well as a means to signify your support of a worthwhile scholarship available to seniors at PHS.”
Now in its seventh year of existence, the Jubela-Presley Scholarship awards $2,000 annually to a PHS senior who best exemplifies the following characteristics:
• The recipient must be planning to attend a post-secondary college or vocational school.
• Proven academic achievement and interest in the field of study must be shown.
• Character, leadership, school involvement, attendance and community service are considered.
• Financial need is considered, but is not the sole criteria.
Scholarship applications may be picked up from the counselors’ offices at the school.
Sales of the brick are managed by a Brick Committee consisting of Bill and Sherry Oliver Brown, Phil Clark, Don and Millye Maddux Bailey and Alice Sewall Hudson. Brick purchases may be made by contacting Bill or Sherry Brown at 903-549-2445 or Don or Millye Bailey at 903-729-7470.