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February 28, 2018

On this date ...

1988: Clovis music educators were kicking off the 10th annual celebration of Music in Our Schools with the theme, "America Takes Note," which also paid homage to the 150th anniversary of music education in public school curriculum in the United States.

Parents were invited to visit music classes throughout the week, and school activities included a poster contest, music assemblies, and talent shows.

A "Grand Concert" was scheduled for March 4 in the Rock Staubus gymnasium with the Yucca Junior High Band, the Marshall Junior High Choir, the Cameo Elementary School Group, the Lockwood Elementary School Group, the Parkview Elementary School Group, the Clovis High School Chorale, and the Clovis High School Symphony Band.

1973: Three teachers from Muleshoe High School were killed and a fourth was critically injured when the small plane they were in crashed three miles northwest of Friona in a cotton field as they returned from a night class at West Texas State University.

The crash claimed the lives of Wayne and Maxine LaGrone, husband and wife, as well as Mike Pollard. Burl Block, the pilot, was critically injured.

The four were all on the 26-member faculty at Muleshoe High School. Wayne LaGrone taught history and math, Maxine LaGrone taught English, and Pollard taught biology. Block was the school's speech and language teacher.

The rented plane was owned by Muleshoe Flying Service, and was used regularly by the foursome to attend the night class in Canyon.

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