WILMINGTON -- It's been nearly seven decades since six members of a Wilmington family graduated from a local catholic school. Tuesday, for the first time since graduating, all of the siblings took a trip back to the school, and a trip down memory lane. This is the first time Jessie, Jerry, Anne, Charles, Kenneth and Betty Newbold have been back to Tileston School in downtown Wilmington since graduating in the 1930s and 40s. Tileston graduate Jessie Newbold-Kennedy said, "I had a class with Miss Whitley, a geography class and one day she caught me eating one day and said you can't do that unless you bring something for everybody. So the next day Jerry and I brought in raisins and he gave all the boys a raisin and I gave all the girls a raisin." Tileston graduate Kenneth Newbold said, "We had to wear knickers and I was so looking forward to high school so I could wear long pants." The trip brings back memories for the six siblings and it also brings out their generosity. Instead of giving Christmas presents to each other, they have decided to spend that money on a new window for the school in memory of their mother, who also attended Tileston. The small donation is part of a bigger renovation of the Tileston school, so it can stay open. The Tileston School just completed about $25,000 in renovations this summer which included new computer and science classrooms. An official school reunion is scheduled for May.
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