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A group of retired teachers and staff from Hodgenville Elementary School have taken to meeting for lunch on the first day of school. The luncheon, now its seventh year, has grown over time.
The Aug. 6 luncheon took place at the LaRue County Extension office.
More than 20 retired teachers and staff members now attend the event annually. Their ages range from 54-to-90 years old, and they retired at different times. The longest-retired is Lillian Allen, who retired in 1988- 26 years ago. Two new retirees, Carol Henry and Mary Lou Newton just retired this year.
Despite their different ages and stages in life, the group is close knit, said Renee Skaggs, former kindergarten teacher. “It’s precious,” she said. “It’s a sweet thing.”
The lunch is prepared by the Southfork Homemakers and is themed in some way around school. This year, the theme was “H.E.S. Field Day,” and the room was decorated with various games and activities that the teachers could take part in.
“[The other teachers] asked me, ‘are we going to be running races?’” Skaggs laughed.
They enjoyed a sack lunch with chips, an apple and carrots.
Many of the teachers still volunteer to help at the school on the first day, and then come to eat lunch with the group, said Skaggs.
According to Nina Hutchins, former school librarian, the group is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, including teachers, teachers’ assistants and office workers and secretaries.