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    My days working here at PES are drawing to an end as I look forward to my retirement at the end of this year.  I have spent the past 17 years working at this school I have called home, and I will miss the students, families, and staff so much!  It has been my great privilege to be a part of their lives in some small way, and I hope that I have been able to share a little joy and love of learning with each of them!  I will truly miss all of you and I hope I continue to hear "Mrs. B!" from across Walmart or Food City when they spot me.  I plan to follow them through to graduation so I can see how they progress (thank you Facebook!), and I will continue to pray for each one to have a blessed, happy, and meaningful life.
    After retirement, I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time with my granddaughter Murphy, who is now 15 months, and her new sister on the way in October!  I also hope to spend a little more time serving my church family in a variety of ways.  The mission trip to South Africa I was humbled to go on last fall opened my eyes to the fact that people around the world are all basically the same.  The cultures and lifestyles may differ, but the kindness and compassion you find are everywhere, if you just look for it.  I encourage each of you to find a way to make a difference in someone else's life, whether it's in the States or across the world.  There is much to do to make our world a better place, and being kind, caring, and respectful will allow us all to go a long way toward making that happen.
    While I'm sad that I won't be working at PES daily any longer, I will always hold a special place in my heart for this school.  My children - Katie and Nick - both attended and are still immortalized in the wall out by the playground! :-)  So many friends have come and gone, and now it's my turn.  Again, I will miss the daily interaction with the children, being able to give a hug or a smile, to dance down the hall, to burst into song in class, or to tell a story that will mean something to them.  Thank you for sharing part of your life and your children with me.  The honor and pleasure has been all mine and I'm thankful to know you.
    With much love and a grateful heart, 
    Mrs. B