Retirement luncheon honors Tim and Cherryl Bassing
Principals, teachers and staff joined Tim and Cherryl Bassing on Wednesday at Manila Middle School for a retirement reception/luncheon.
The Bassings have given a combined 47 years to education. Earlier in the year they announced their plans to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Mr. Bassing, known as "Mr. Tim", has taught for 24 years, the last 12 in the Manila School District. He served as gifted and talented teacher and has taught math and science.
Mr. Bassing started and coached a cross country team in the district several yeas ago and it has continued to grow and be successful.
Mrs. Bassing has 23 years teaching, starting and retiring in the Manila School. She has taught kindergarten, second grade and has taught pre-kindergarten for the last six years.
Also on hand to wish the Bassings the best in their retirement were their son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lisa Bassing, and grandchildren, Gwyneth, Lauren and Elijah, of Brookland.
Their other two children live out of the area and were not able to attend.
Superintendant Pam Castor was unable to attend the reception but sent her well wishes through the principals who presented the plaques. Elementary principal is Jason Evers and middle school principal is LeAnn Helms.
"Mr. Bassing always made sure everyone had a shower gift," she said. "There was never a time when he thought anyone should be in need. I hope to be a person like him who always wants to give to others before himself."
"This is hard," Mr. Bassing said. "Sometimes when something is hard, I don't say anything but I have to say we have been so blessed to be a part of this school district. We have been blessed with people we can love and people who love us back. I fell in love with LeAnn Helms the day my dad fell ill. She came and got me and put me the car and took me to where I needed to be. I fell in love with Trena sitting in the office holding my hand when something tragic had happened. Tracey was out in the sleet, rain and snow helping me. I appreciate all of my other friends and co-workers here. Everywhere in this school we have people to love. My hope is to live our lives in such a way that we will all be together in heaven someday. I can't think of a better group to spend eternity with."
Mrs. Helms shared a fond childhood memory of Mrs. Bassing.
"When I was in grade school my dad was at work and my mom didn't drive," she said. "I had about an hour between school and basketball practice. Mrs. Bassing always stayed about an hour after school working and she let me stay in her room until it was time for ball practice. I will always remember her opening her classroom to me, giving me a place to stay. I wanted her to know what that meant to me."
Mrs. Bassing said she will always be grateful to Mr. (Roland) Wells for giving her the opportunity to teach at Manila.
"It was 1993, the Tuesday after Labor Day, when I was hired to teach kindergarten," she said.
Mrs. Bassing said the other kindergarten teachers took her under their wings. She went on to teach second grade and then pre-k.
"I have loved working with the young children getting them ready for kindergarten," Mrs. Bassing said.