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CSD Honors Its Educators at Service Award Ceremony

Colchester School District honored members of its staff with service awards at a ceremony at Colchester High School on August 26.

Constance Cummings (left) and Cheryl Benjamin (right), both of PPS, celebrate 25 years at CSD

Educators Brian Hunt, a physical education teacher at Malletts Bay School, and Kerry Plunkett, who teaches first grade at Porters Point School (visit her website here) were honored for thirty-five years of service to CSD.

MBS PE teacher Brian Hunt has been with CSD for 35 years

PPS's Kerry Plunkett has served CSD for 35 years

Continuing with the superintendent’s theme of putting the extent of their service to our community into some fun historical perspective, when Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Plunkett began serving CSD, Gerald Ford was president, Taxi Driver was in theaters, Laverne and Shirley debuted on television, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” had just been released, and the average sale price of a new home in the United States was $48,200 according to

Anita Dayvie, a physical education teacher at Colchester Middle School, was recognized for thirty years of service to the district.

CMS's Anita Dayvie is a 30-year veteran of CSD

Ronald Reagan was president when Ms. Dayvie began her service to CSD, and On Golden Pond was in theaters. Dynasty debuted on television, Devo’s “Whip It” had just been released, and the average sale price of a new home in the United States was $81,300 according to

PPS's Claudia O'Neill celebrates 15 years with the district

In all, forty-five educators were honored at the ceremony for their service of ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years. Given that recent statistics indicate that the typical American stays in a job for 4.1 years, our educators’ years of service speaks volumes. As was repeatedly expressed at the Vision Summit, it is our entire community—our educators, our parents and committed citizens, and our students—that shapes us.

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