Decades of dedication to Catholic education are coming to an end this year for two teachers at St. Mary's Elementary School in Joplin.
Today a farewell reception was held for retiring 1st grade teacher Sharon Reeve and 4th grade teacher Gloria Skelton. Reeve has been teaching at St. Mary's for 39 years and says she enjoyed most the smiles of her students. Skelton has been on staff for 19 years and has taught several different grade levels. Recently broke her leg meaning she's missed a number of last time events at the school.
Both say they relish their time at St. Mary's but look forward to new adventures.
"The catholic school means so much to so many people. And I'm a Baptist, and they accepted me. And for that to happen is just such a wonderful wonderful thing. I've enjoyed every aspect of teaching" says Skelton.
"We just all realize that life is so short. And like I said I've always felt like sometimes id like to do this or sometimes work with this agency or do this volunteer work. And I realized I'm still healthy and have a lot of things I want to do" says Reeve.