Warren County’s Board of Education bid farewell to 23 employees Thursday night during a retirement dinner held in their honor.
“I appreciate what you’ve done for the school system and the children of Warren County,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “We appreciate your loyal service.”
Retiring, with their years of service, are:
Betty DeArmond, 13 years
Beverly Melton, 15 years
Linda Bell, 15 years
Brenda West, 16 years
Martha Hunter, 16 years
Linda Wanamaker, 21 years
Treva Horton, 23 years
Joye Fuston, 26 years
Ramona Cooper, 28 years
Sally D. Heath, 29 years
Jenny Jacobs, 29 years
Susan Phillips, 29 years
Cheryl Bishop, 30 years
Melissa Yancy, 30 years
Denise Newby Miller, 30 years
Jim Duvall, 31 years
Mary Delia Walker, 32 years
Betty Wood, 36 years
Mary Ann Blankenship, 36 years
Teresa Hyatt, 37 years
Sydney L. Prater, 39 years
Mary Sanders, 40 years
Linda Bost, 40 years
“Every year, I try to come up with something inspirational to say,” said Cox. “I have The Starfish Story and I hope you enjoy it.”
The Starfish Story:
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die,” said the old man.
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all. You can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one,” he said.
Education, said Cox, is like The Starfish Story.
“You might not have an effect on all the children, but you might have an effect on that one. If you can change one life, your effort is worth it,” said Cox.
The Warren County Board of Education retirement dinner for the 2015-16 retirees was held at McMinnville Country Club.