Retiring teachers at Manila Elementary School were the honored guests at a luncheon in their honor on Monday, May 21.
Georgia Beach has taught a total of 45-1/2 years with 44 in Manila. Linda Brumley has 32 years in the classroom. Donna McFarlin has 18 years and Donna Trammel 15 years.
Also retiring is Bertha Brooks, custodian. Mrs. Brooks previously retired and returned when the school needed her. She has 18 years of service to the Manila School District.
Principal Dale Case welcomed guests and expressed his appreciation to the teachers and Mrs. Brooks for their years of service.
Elementary Counselor Teresa Eastin gave each a gift basket and shared comments from co-workers and students which were filled with words such as "Great Teacher," "Always Smiling," "Awesome," "Fun," "Sweet," and "Prankster."
Superintendent Pam Castor presented each teacher with a service plaque.
"There is no place on campus more of a calling than in Early Childhood," Ms. Castor said. "These people have been sincere in teaching and have touched the lives of so many individuals. From the city of Manila and the school district, we appreciate the work you have done. I think of you as family and your children and grandchildren as mine. You have made my job easy. If I needed anyone to stand up and do a difficult job, I would call on any one of you and know it would be done."