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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • TROY'S COLUMN — Memories of school years gone by

  • Every year at the start of the school year I joke with administrators about how fast the years go by, and when May comes around I recognize it really is no joke....
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  • Every year at the start of the school year I joke with administrators about how fast the years go by, and when May comes around I recognize it really is no joke. The years continue to fly by, and that time seems to go faster with each passing year. Yes, that does mean I am getting older, but I believe it also has something to do with that old adage “time flies when you are having fun.” While no job is ideal, the role I play becomes much more enjoyable when I check the schedule and see time has been set aside in the day to visit the school in order to talk with students, meet with teachers or to take in some kind of program. Over the past week I had the opportunity to watch five different elementary school programs, with each grade level singing, dancing and smiling wide. Two days ago, the Redwood Area School District ended the 2014-15 school year, and that means saying goodbye to a class of students who are young men and women I have watched grow up over the past 13 years. This year’s senior class has been an exceptional group, and, as Rick Jorgenson, RVHS principal said, they are going to be missed. Congratulations to the Class of 2014. I am looking forward to hearing about your future greatness. I’m just hoping some of those successes are accomplished close to home. … Each year when the school year comes to an end a few more teachers end up calling it a career, and as a former Red-wood Falls-Morton High School student I am seeing fewer and fewer of those teachers who were part of my experience still in the building. This year is no exception, as two more teachers, Ruth Zeise and Sue Homan, have decided to retire. I had Sue, or should I say, Mrs. Homan, in elementary school. I remember learning to read from her, and I haven’t stopped since. From Ruth, sorry, Mrs. Zeise, I learned that even a guy needs to know those things like how to sew on a button or iron a shirt. While getting married definitely helped me out, there are lessons I learned in that junior high home economics class which are still part of my life today. The way I learned to make omelettes is still being used every Mother’s Day. So, to both Mrs. Homan and Mrs. Zeise I say “thanks” for being involved in my life and the lives of hundreds of others like me who are better people because you showed up. I also want to express my congratulations to Barb Johnson and Pam Johnson who are also retiring this year. Thanks for all you have done for kids. … I’ll be out and about this coming Monday taking in a few of the local Memorial Day programs, and I want to encourage you to spend some of your day honoring those who deserve our thanks. Attend a local program to let those who we honor know how much we appreciate them. Your attendance means a lot to them, and I am sure you are going to be positively impacted by the experience.

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