Each year in March, the Washington State School Retirees Association urges people to remember to show appreciation to those school employees who made a difference in their lives. We have nearly 600 retirees in Walla Walla and Columbia counties who are members of this group.
Whether it was a bus driver who made the ride to school less scary or a custodian who let you help out around the building, giving you a sense of purpose, send a note to acknowledge them.
It could be a school secretary who often called your parents to bring you a forgotten lunch or PE clothes, always with a smile, or a librarian who could find that special book for you.
Most of us have a favorite teacher who created an environment where we could be a successful learner. Whether the person who comes to mind is an instructional assistant, cook, principal or superintendent, take a minute to write a note or give a quick calls. They still remember you.
president, Walla Walla/Columbia
State School Retirees Association