Buffalo Island Central East teachers honored with luncheon

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Buffalo Island Central East elementary teachers and staff were on hand to honor their retiring co-workers on Thursday afternoon at The Silhouette Boutique and Tea Room in Manila.

Retiring Buffalo Island Central East teachers were honored with a reception in their honor. Pictured from left, are: Phyllis McFarland, elementary counselor; Cindy Crawford, elementary librarian; Beverly Hall, Language teacher; Linda Craig, Reading teacher.

Honorees were Linda Craig, Beverly Hall, Cindy Crawford and Phyllis McFarland. The four had given over 110 years to the young people of the area.

Mrs. Craig has a total of 35-1/2 years in education. She served as the BIC East reading teacher for grades 4-6. She taught at Manila 12-1/2 years, in Stuttgart eight years and BIC the remainder of her career. She plans to spend time with her grandbaby, work in her yard and enjoy retirement.

Mrs. Hall, 4th-6th grade language teacher at Buffalo Island Central, has a total of 25 years in education. She taught at Leachville before it became BIC. She said she started her career in Leachville and finished it at BIC in Leachville. She plans to spend time with her husband and fish. She also enjoys working in her yard.

Mrs. Crawford was the honoree of two receptions in the same week as she served as the junior high librarian and at the BIC East elementary library. She was honored on Tuesday at Buffalo Island Central Junior High School and on Thursday with her elementary co-workers. She taught all but one year at BIC. She hopes to travel and plans to keep on reading in her retirement.

Mrs. McFarland has 28 years at BIC. She spent three years in the classroom teaching second and third grade and has served as elementary counselor. She served on both the east and west campus. She plans to enjoy time with her family, especially her grandkids. She said some of her first students became her co-workers.

BIC East principal Nicole Stewart expressed her appreciation for the years of service the women have given to the district.

"They are part of a wonderful staff at BIC East," Stewart said. "All four have been an asset to Buffalo Island Central School District. It will be difficult to fill their shoes. We will miss them and we all wish them a great retirement."

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