UNION COUNTY — Between them they have decades of service to the Union County School District and the 14 retiring teachers and other district employees were recently honored by the district for their service with a banquet which featured an address by the incoming superintendent.
The Union County School District 2016 Retiree Banquet was held May 23 in the Union County High School cafeteria. The banquet was held for the 14 retirees whose years of service were recognized by the principals of the schools they taught at and the supervisors of the departments they worked for. The retirees honored were:
• Ann Fowler
• Gale Glenn
• Joe Humphries
• Sara Linda Smith
• Dianne Hodges
• Charles Sims
• Jeri Stein
• Sherry Callahan
• Margie Cope
• Larry Rhett
• Sherry Jackson
• James Randy Crocker
• Joel Shope
Fowler, Glenn, Humphries, and Smith were teachers at Buffalo Elementary School while Hodges and Sims taught at Foster Park Elementary School.
Stein was a teacher at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School and the Union County Career and Technology Center while Thomas taught at Lockhart Elementary/Middle School.
Callahan, Cope, and Rhett were teachers at Sims Middle School while Jackson taught at Union County High School.
Crock and Shope were employed by the District Office/Maintenance Department.
The banquet concluded with an address by incoming Union County School District Superintendent Dr. William Roach.
“First, let me say thank you for all of your hard work, dedication, commitment, and investment in our students and our community,” Roach said. “One of my life statements is hard work pays off. Your hard work has paid off and your reward is a life of luxury — for a few weeks anyway.
“We want you to stay involved in Union County Schools,” he said. “You spent a lot of time and money to gain the knowledge and the experience you have. We would love for you to continue investing in our young people. Mentoring, volunteering, substituting, and the list goes on.”
In encouraging the retirees to stay involved with the school system and with the community, Roach quoted teacher and scholar Forest Witcraft about the impact of such involvement.
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
Roach also quoted Mary Gaston, whom he described as “one of my directors,” who talked about how school employees should feel about what they do.
Employees should feel like they have been invited on a journey with us — not kidnapped! I hope you feel like you have been on a journey that has allowed you to make a difference in this world.
Roach concluded his address by reciting the following poem by Bob Perks.
I Wish You Enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.