President's Message

Welcome to the Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association!

Formed in 2007, our purpose is to enhance student learning opportunities at our alma mater and bring alumni together for social and professional enjoyment. As of 2015, the Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association (LPAA) has refreshed our original website. This refresh will be an on going process; so please come back to this site frequently to watch our progress.

Bruce Newton '65
President, Lew-Port Alumni Association


  
LPAA Updates
 March 6, 2017
 
Lewiston Porter Class of 1977 to Celebrate 40 Year Reunion this Summer
 
The 40th reunion is planned for July 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Ontario House “The Jug” Youngstown and on Saturday July, 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Stone House in Lewiston. More information on cost, registration, and further details are coming soon. Please check back and visit our 1977 Class Reunion web page or stay updated by joining the Lewiston Porter Alumni Association Group on Facebook

 
January 24, 2017

Gary J. Raby, Sr. 
Apr 19, 1953 - Jan 20, 2017 
 
The LPAA is sad to announce the passing of one our original LPAA Board of Directors, Gary Raby. Gary, age 63 of Lewiston, died on Friday, January 20, 2017 in Niagara Hospice House after a lengthy illness.

He was a 1971 Lewiston-Porter graduate and a 1976 graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelor's in Physical Education. Gary is best known around the Lew-Port Campus as "the High Five Coach." He had coached the Cross Country and Track Teams for many years. Gary was the chief organizer for the LPAA's main fund raising event, The Jason Raby 5K Race, which was a memorium for his late son, Jason.


Paul Casseri, Superintendent of Schools and LPAA BOD member, shared his thoughts about Gary, "Gary was an awesome guy. He has touched the lives of so many young people through his gentle demeanor and his ebullient approach to life. The LPAA BOD all had the great opportunity to work very closely with him on the Jason Raby Memorial Run. Gary would always say at the end of the day it was always about family. To Gary, I say your whole Lew-Port family has you and your family in our thoughts and prayers."

 
 
January 09, 2017
 
Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association Active in Community

The Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association (LPAA) has quite the following across the Niagara region. With 17 Board Members on the roster and many active alumni who coordinate and support community events, the LPAA continues to enrich the lives of their classmates on a social level while helping the Lewiston-Porter Central School District on a fiscal level.

LPAA President, Bruce Newton ’65, and Vice President, Edward Engel ’58, are leading the charge and working diligently to engage with alumni from all classes.  In addition to maintaining the LPAA Facebook page and website, this duo, along with 15 other Board Members are also responsible for coordinating reunions, Distinguished Alumni awards, maintaining class rosters, and hosting fundraisers that benefit Mini Grants and scholarships for Lewiston-Porter faculty and students.

This past summer was a busy one for the LPAA. They hosted the Annual Jason Raby Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk held in August 2016 and the Lewiston-Porter Class of 1966 50th Reunion, “Back Together Again” in September. The race saw over 120 participants cross the finish line and the Lewiston-Porter alumni weekend reunited many graduates who reconnected at a co-ed golf outing, homecoming class social mixer, Niagara Jet Adventure, Rainbow Air helicopter rides over Niagara Falls, and a dinner at the Youngstown Yacht Club.

In addition to maintaining a strong fellowship within the Lewiston-Porter alumni circle, the LPAA is “aiming higher” and working tirelessly to give back to students within the District. Proceeds from benefits like the Annual Jason Raby Memorial 5K Run help to support current Lewiston-Porter students. Along with the forward-thinking central District Office, dedicated teachers and staff, and a plethora of extra-curricular activities, the LPAA helps to supplement the enrichment of students.

The past fall, the LPAA awarded ten Mini Grants to Lewiston-Porter teachers totaling $4,222.00 in aid. Mini Grants are given to faculty and staff who plan to implement unique projects, programs, and resources within their classes, school-related activities, and clubs. These grants provide creative and innovative opportunities for students, which may not otherwise be funded.

Buffalo Business First ranked Lewiston-Porter as the overall number 9 top-rated school district out of the 96 districts across Western New York in June 2016. Lewiston-Porter also made the Honor Roll of WNY outstanding school systems. The LPAA is proud of the ranking which their alma mater achieved. They are also delighted to play a role in giving students and teachers access to additional learning opportunities through Mini Grants and scholarships, bridging community involvement and student success. They hope their efforts played a role in the notoriety the District received. 

If you are interested in assisting the LPAA, making a donation, or re-connecting with classmates, please visit the Lewiston-Porter Alumni website at www.lew-port.com/alumni and click the “Join the LPAA” link.  The more Lewiston-Porter alumni involved, the more scholarships and grants they are able to fund.   


 
November 15, 2016
 
Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association Announces 2016 Mini Grant Recipients

The Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association (LPAA) is 17 Board Members strong and growing. The arm of this organization reaches far across the District and throughout the Lewiston-Porter Community. In addition to remaining in contact with their classmates through reunions, community events, and social gatherings, the LPAA is “aiming higher” and works tirelessly to give back to students within the District.

In November 2016, the LPAA awarded ten Mini Grants to Lew-Port teachers totaling $4,222.00 in aid. Mini Grants are given to faculty and staff who plan to implement unique projects, programs, or resources within their classes, school-related activities, and clubs. These grants provide creative and innovative opportunities for students that may not otherwise be funded.

The following teachers and their projects were awarded for the 2016-2017 school year: 

     “Flexible Seating” by Kristen Maggi

     “Flexible Seating” by Angela Van Egmond

     “Close Reading” by Maryann Parker

     “RTI-Reading Response to Intervention” by Michelle Broughman 

     “Learn to Learn with Legos” by Laree DeFranco

     “Promoting Middle School” Musicals by Susan Gentile and Jacey Dietz

     “Stem Resources” by Colleen Duffy

     “Chemistry Curriculum Enhancement” by Michelle Hinchliffe

     “Getting Close Up with Macro Photography” by Carrie Popielski

     “Art Display Materials” by Brett Coppins and the Art Department

Grant recipients, Susan Gentile, Middle School Secretary, along with Middle School Drama and Musical Director, Jacey Diez, applied for and received a $500 Mini Grant for the Middle School Theater Program. Gentile applied when she noticed the audio equipment for the Middle School play was out of date. “You couldn't hear the students speak. All their hard work and all the words and jokes were half-caught.” With the $500, Gentile and Diez joyfully purchased wireless microphones to be used in future Middle School productions. Diez expresses, “We are very excited about this new grant from the Alumni Association. With this new grant for microphones at the Middle School, we intend to hold various fundraisers on its stage throughout this spring and into next year to support the restoration of the Middle School Theater Program, including bake sales, a Drama Club Cabaret Night, and a new event for next year: ‘The Middle School's Lancer Talent Show 2017.’”

Mini Grants are made possible through fundraising efforts of the LPAA. They are certainly appreciated by the recipients and students who utilize the new tools and resources. If you are interested in assisting the LPAA or in making a donation, please click the “Join the LPAA” link.  You can also view the other programs they support.  The more Lewiston-Porter alumni involved, the more scholarships and grants they are able to fund.

For more information and pictures of this year's recipients, please click here to visit our Mini Grants page


 
May 2, 2016
 
Online Payment Available for Pre-registration for 2016 Raby 5K Race
If you preregister for this year's Raby 5K Race you now have the option to use PayPal to pay your entrance fee. Log on to the 5K Memorial Race and follow the instructions for the Entry Application and Payment options
 

  
 April 16, 2016
 
Joe Dolansky - Class of 1958 Obituary
 More information in the Class of 58 Tab
 
Pictures from 2009 to 2015 5K Memorial Races
These pictures are now filed under the 5K Memorial Race Tab
 

 
March 30, 2016
 
Past Jason Raby 5K Race Results Now Available
Race results from previous years are now posted under the 5K Memorial Run Tab. Also posted is the application for this year's 2016 Race.
 

 
February 24, 2016
 
Class Reunion Information
If you are in the process of organizing an upcoming Class Reunion and would like to have Event /Contact information broadcast through the LPAA web site; please Email me ( vitaminbruce@aol.com ) with your info. I'll have it filed under the Class Reunion tab. Please check out the Class of 1966 for an example.
 

 
February 1, 2016
 
Capital Project Update 
On January 27 the LPAA Board of Directors were given the opportunity to view the Capital Project that is going on at all the school buildings in the district. The bond is for $26,000,000. Updates include; heating, PA, clock systems, new high school entrance, new stairs for better traffic flow, updated kitchen, windows, sidewalks/ curbs, security, state of the art fitness room,lighting, asbestos removal, Phys Ed facilities and flooring. All updates comply to the newest health and safety standards. The windows, doors, insulation and heating systems will save taxpayers dollars.This project will not be completed until 2017 due to its size.
 
We thought the school was up-to-date when we attended Lew-Port. The Fitness Room alone will put most colleges to shame. Wait until you see the new Lew-Port! 
  

 
January 24, 2016
 
Class of 1966 50th Reunion Information
Details and a Registration Form for the upcoming 50th Class of 1966 Reunion have been posted under the Class Reunion Tab.
 
The most current Class Roster / Contact Information has been posted in the Class Roster folder. 

 
January 12, 2016
 
George Decker's 101st Birthday
Everyone's favorite math teacher ( at least through my graduating year of 1965 ) will be 101 years old on February 16. He is in good health and enjoys talking and visiting with people. His mind is very sharp. Thank God he did not have to teach us Common Core Math!
 
Send him a card at 440 Tryon Drive, Lewiston, NY 14092. He will appreciate it. 
 

 
November 13, 2015
 
LPAA Mini Grant Award Winners Posted 
The winners of the 2015-2016 LPAA Mini Grants have been posted under the "Mini Grant" tab in the left column.
 
LPAA Membership Udate 
After reactivating the LPAA PayPal account; the Membership application tab has been reopened. You now have the option to join / pay electronically or sending in the application by mail and paying with a personal check. As we bring our website to life, you can get a better understanding of what the LPAA does for the Lew-Port School district and appreciate how your membership fee will be used to improve the students' educational experience.  

 
November 3, 2015
 
Class Rosters / Contact Information 
You will notice that we have included a new Tab / Feature in our Alumni Index. This Tab is "Class Rosters / Contact Information". If you have an Excel Spread sheet that was compiled for your upcoming or past Class Reunion please forward a copy to vitaminbruce@aol.com and we will include it in this section.
 
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
The Awards and Nomination section has the bios of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winners. If you have an Alumni you would like to nominate, please complete and forward the Nomination Form.
 
Your Participation with the LPAA Helps Lew-Port Students Today and Re-connections Friendships from the Past
We are doing this with a “full service” menu of programs and activities that support academic and extra-curricular activities at all four Lew-Port Schools. By supporting reunions and community activities we also facilitate alumni and friends gathering for camaraderie and celebration.

We encourage alumni, locally and throughout the world, to join us by participating in the Association activities on site at Lew-Port and in the local community. You can also join in by providing financial support which directly contributes to producing graduates that can successfully transition into the world of higher education, business or personal endeavors. 

Browse through the Website to learn more about our specific programs such as mini-grants, scholarships, distinguished alumni, reunion support, freshman orientation, and  collaboration with others organizations that all create exciting opportunities for Lew-Port students, teachers, alumni and community.

Do become part to this unique Alumni Association. As active alumni you too can become an integral part of our award winning Lewiston-Porter School.  

Bruce Newton '65
President, Lew-Port Alumni Association

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