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Tyler ISD Alumni Directory in progress, expected early 2014

TYLER, July 12, 2013-- Alumni of Tyler Independent School District are scattered across the country, and even around the world. But no matter where their lives have led them, Tyler ISD alumni all share a common bond—and that’s the place in which their life journey began.

“That’s why the Tyler Independent School District Foundation is working on a new publication for alumni of Tyler High, John Tyler High, Emmett Scott High, and Robert E. Lee High Schools currently,” said Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Foundation. The first edition of the school district’s alumni directory was published in 2009.

Post cards will be sent to all known alumni households within the next three weeks. Alumni will be asked to call Harris-Connect, the outsourced contractor who will publish the directory. No expenses are required of the alumnus. There is no cost in being included in the publication.

“Designed to help bring our alumni back together, this new alumni directory will include comprehensive biographical listings with contact information, career overviews, and family highlights,” explained Goddard.  The directories are useful in reconnecting on a personal basis with high school friends and planning reunions—the directory is cross referenced by class year and by location of current address.

“Hey, this is better than Facebook!” said Goddard. “This edition will have as a plus a special section, specific to Tyler ISD, will help you reminisce as you read about our “and learn what’s in store for the future.”

“The school district will be celebrating its 132nd anniversary—and we are pleading with all alumni to respond by telephoning the number on a post card or that you might see in the newspaper or via emails,” said Goddard.

“Our efforts, in developing the previous Tyler ISD Foundation Alumni Directory were very successful.   We attribute that success to overwhelming interest and participation from hundreds of our valued former graduates.  You are an important part of our past and we very much wish to remain connected with you now and into the future. We certainly do not want to interfere with anyone’s privacy and if you wish not to participate, please let either Harris Connect or Tyler ISD Foundation know. 

Just because you receive a post card does not mean that you will be in the updated directory.   We want to hear from you to verify that the information we have for you is correct. We do not sell the data base and will only use the information for District and Foundation uses and of course, for individual communication of a personal nature between alumni listed in the directory,” said Goddard.

“To make sure our directory is as up-to-date as possible, our publisher, Harris Connect, will begin contacting alumni in the next few months to verify that the information we will print is accurate and complete. Harris Connect has more than 45 years’ experience researching and publishing alumni and membership directories,” said Goddard.

“Please respond once you hear from Harris Connect; please make this announcement at any class reunions this year; or send out in class newsletters; on Facebook.  Your help is vital in making this project a success,” said Dr. Goddard.

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