SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield community had its chance to say farewell to its beloved school superintendent Friday afternoon.
Students, teachers, former colleagues and community leaders–showed up at Agnes Stewart Middle School to send off Dr. Nancy Golden in a big way.
There were several performances, food, and special projects made out to Golden by Springfield students, including some surprise artwork by second graders depicting how the superintendent should spend the rest of her retirement.
Kids got creative. Some said she would maybe go to the beach or even be a ninja.
“It’s just amazing. And these second graders telling me how I’m going to spend the rest of my life. I’m just very touched by it all,” Golden said.
“Her love for education and kids–she just lives it day and night,” said former colleague Gloria Mattison.
Golden started working in Springfield schools in 1974 and has been the superintendent for the past decade.
Many say she leaves big shoes to fill and will be terribly missed.
The Springfield Education Foundation created an endowment in Golden’s name. So far it’s raised $16,000 that will go to literacy, arts, music and outstanding teaching.