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June 7, 2013

Pleasantville Schools losing decades of experience


For 35 years I have been the Business Club Advisor. Throughout the years we have had many different projects, with the first being creating the “Athletic Booklet” that was used as “programs” during athletic events. The Business Club has owned and operated the Tack Shack for many years, and I was instrumental in starting it back in the 90s when it was a project of the Booster Club. In 1996 another teacher and I started the Junior High Student Council and in 1997 assumed the adviser role for the High School Student Council, continuing for eight years. My involvement in the Student Council activities were the basis for many treasured memories.

These past two years have been very rewarding as I have been the coordinator for the school’s participation in the Meals on Wheels program through our local Senior Center. It has been great working with our senior citizens and students, delivering meals to Pleasantville’s shut-ins.

Moving from Western Iowa to Pleasantville 35 years ago to begin a career in education was indeed an opportunity of a lifetime. Pleasantville is where I met my husband, where we raised our family, and where I plan to retire. Randy and I have two sons, Thomas and John, one daughter-in-law Whitney, and two grandsons Braxton and Tatum. With Randy having been retired for the past year and a half, I’m looking forward to joining him fulltime in our many projects and ventures. We have been vegetable gardening for several years and have greatly increased the amount and size of our garden. We enjoy participating in Farmers’ Markets throughout the summer and fall, including the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. In retirement I’m looking forward to having the time to work on our acreage growing and selling vegetables, working with our sheep, and crafting. I’m planning to continue volunteering at the Senior Center for the Meals on Wheels program, and also hope to substitute teach when needed.

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