Teacher Retirement Assembly
by Blair Banning
The NHS student body said goodbye to several retirees on Tuesday, May 2nd. Five Neoga school district employees were recognized and honored for their years of support and dedication. The retirement assembly started with an introduction of the 5 retirees: Mrs. Julie Fritcher (social worker), Mrs. Brenda Jones (second grade teacher), Mrs. Carol Smith (NHS principal) , Mrs. Barb Kingery (paraprofessional), and Mrs. Teri Hoelscher (NHS secretary). The band, led by Mr. David Roush, then played our school song as everyone stood and sang along. Mr. Seth James read off all of the staff that had previously retired from Neoga Schools. The family and friends of the retirees were then recognized by Mr. Seth James. Mr. Michael Mellott also led the elementary students, as well as the high school choir, as they performed music in honor of these special people. Mrs. Fritcher’s daughter, Hannah Fritcher Butler, drove all the way from Tennessee to surprise her mother and to provide a heartfelt speech to each one of the retirees. She reminded the student body that this school is and will continue to be a great place to begin one’s educational journey. She said, “The goal of your teachers is to prepare all of you to be successful adults. And I’m here to tell you that success is possible for every one of you here today. I am living proof. This school system gave me the tools and knowledge that I needed.” The assembly concluded as each of the 5 teachers were presented with a gift as a thank you from Neoga students and staff members.
Each retiree has taught us students more than just the curriculum, but also many valuable lessons that we will carry with us and use throughout our lives. From the Neoga staff and students, thank you for your dedication, service, and support throughout your many years here with us at Neoga.