NEWBERRY — The Newberry County School District said their farewells and sent well wishes to 36 retirees at a ceremony on May 29.
“It’s a great opportunity to honor so many people, but it’s bittersweet to see so many quality people leave our school district,” said Superintendent Bennie Bennett.
The ceremony was put together by Pam Arrington and other members of the district’s human resources staff. Principals, administrators, and families gathered to congratulate their staff and loved ones on their retirement.
Bennett said although he could not count the number of years served as a whole of everyone represented, he knew the number of young people impacted by each individual was substantial.
“The fact that you’ve dedicated so many years and hours to this profession is a testament to who you are,” Bennett told the retirees.
Whether they worked in a cafeteria, answered phones, or nursed a child when they were feeling bad, Bennett said that they had impacted the life of a child, which most important.
“Your career now becomes a part of your past,” Bennett said. “How can you measure the time spent and lives touched?”
The following people were recognized at last week’s ceremony. Their names are followed by the number of years served altogether. Not all who were recognized were present at the ceremony.
Ray Alewine (26), Judy Bailey (six), Kaye Beggs (four), Cheryl Bennett (24), Jackie Boozer (44), Susan Bowers (25), Darrell Bradfield (28), Kaye Braswell (33), Joyce Brown (24), Joanie Bumgarner (nine), Catherine Chaplin (25), Pam Cook (20), Lynn Cromer (36), Donna Davenport (20), Brian Ford (10), Gloria Hall (26), Jacqueline Holmes (33), Brenda Hubbard (14), Mary Beth Inman (31), David Jenkins (40), Thomas Kinard (40), Dell Miller (28), Agnes Mitchem (24), Joan Morris (30), Jane Pollard (36), Norma Price (35), Major James Redden (43), Nancy Riggin (27), Marlene Rollins (24), Roberta Rush (28), Debbie Shealy (30), Dale Smith (35), Karen Stone (31), Mickey Waters (26), Steve Wicker (39), and Sandra Wood (29).
Each retiree was presented with a certificate and a keepsake item.
Jody Hamm, chairman of the board for the school district, expressed his appreciation from the board for each individual and their time served.
Hamm said there was no way to imagine the miles driven by each bus driver, the chewing gum spit out, and other daily tasks teachers performed as he relived his days as a student.
“I’ve got fond memories with a host of teachers that meant so much to me throughout the years,” Hamm said. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you and wish you success and happiness in your retirement.”
“You’re leaving a tremendous legacy no one can ever take from you — you’ve touched the life of a young person,” Bennett said.