Lynn Drolet spent a lot of time during the party
with the children.
SUN PHOTO/MAGGIE FIELD
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH Classrooms have erasers to get rid
of each day's lessons, but nothing can erase the impression
a teacher leaves on students when the final bell sounds.
Lynn Drolet found that out at a going away party for her
last Sunday at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
"Oh my golly, it was incredible," she said after
the party. "There was so much love in that room and
friendship and tears and happiness."
For three hours, the energetic, inventive, first grade
teacher was showered with attention and gifts by those
who had called her their teacher over the past 10 years.
One of the party's organizers, Joy Murphy, estimated as
many as 200 people were there.
"There was a lot of love, tears, sadness and hugging,"
Murphy said of the party. "We're really going to
Murphy said another organizer, Donna Perez, called every
family whose children had ever attended her class and
they came with gifts, letters and food.
She is moving to North Carolina to become a writer and
editor for The Education Center in Greensboro, N.C., publisher
of magazines for educators across the country.
The Island Hobbits, composed of former students Jay Beard,
Trina Rizzo and Tommy Price, sang a tribute to her, including
a remake of a Meredith Willson song made popular by the
Beatles, "Till There Was You."
The PTO provided the cake and drinks and gave Drolet a
photo album. There was a place where youngsters could
write her notes and some of the younger students made
outlines of their hands and colored them for her.
When the moving truck comes at the end of the month to
take her possessions to North Carolina, they will be carrying
the precious mementos of her teaching career at Anna Maria
Elementary School. She will be following behind, carrying
the memories of this special Sunday.
"There are no words to describe it
said Drolet. "I feel truly blessed."