A joyful and bittersweet time, Mary Smith is retiring from East Forsyth. After a long ten years and eight months of working at East, Mrs. Smith has decided to move to bigger and better things. Mrs. Smith works as a janitor here and she has seen “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” She is tasked with cleaning up the school, but her job is so much more because she interacts with students all day and knows the ins and outs of the entire campus. She will be here for the rest of the 2015-2016 school season until she leaves in August.
Mrs. Smith said, “I really enjoy the people, that’s what I’m going to miss the most.” Some of her favorite memories of retiring were when people came up to her and thanked her, and some even gave her cards. Being appreciated really makes up for cleaning all day. When we spoke with Mrs. Smith about her retirement she said, “I’m so happy!”
Ariana Swygert (’18) says that Mrs. Smith “is a very nice lady [because] she will always smile at you and speak to you.” Students can always find her walking about the school all day. Most people don’t realize how important her job is. Swygert also said that she’s definitely “going to miss seeing Mrs. Smith around school.”
Christopher Shell (’18) said, “Mrs. Smith would sometimes bring the trashcan to my lunch table so I didn’t have to get up; she’s a nice lady.” This shows how much she cares for students by doing the little things, even when she doesn’t have to.
Even if you’ve never talked to Ms. Smith before, go thank her for making our school a sanitary place to be. Some may not realize how important she is to East Forsyth, but we are confident that she will be missed on campus next year.