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Stillwater News

Elementary school nurse to retire after 20 years

May 13, 2016 – One of Stillwater Elementary school’s most familiar faces will no longer be present in the school come September. No more belly aches or boo-boo’s to make better, at least not on a full-time basis. After 20 years, school nurse Mrs. Deborah Hamilton is saying “see you later” as she heads off to enjoy her retirement.

On Friday, May 13, Stillwater elementary students packed the gymnasium for a special morning program to honor and say thank you to Mrs. Hamilton. As she entered the room, students and staff rose to their feet to give her a surprise welcome and round of applause. Mrs. Hamilton walked down the center aisle to hugs and cheers and was surprised by her husband, daughter, and newborn granddaughter at the front of the gymnasium.

During the program, students sang a special song to Mrs. Hamilton and Principal John Powell presented her with gifts from the students and staff. A video featuring numerous faces from throughout the district saying “thank you” was also shown and Stillwater Village Mayor, Mr. Rick Nelson formally recognized Mrs. Hamilton and thanked her for all she has done.

Mrs. Hamilton was a nurse’s aide for 6 years before she became a full-time nurse at the school.

“Mrs. Hamilton has done so much for this school, the kids, and the staff. No one can replace her,” Mr. Powell said.

“I’m going to miss the kids and the close-knit community in this building. When I first started here I knew this was where I belonged and this school is like a second home to me,” Mrs. Hamilton added.

When asked why Mrs. Hamilton became a nurse in the first place she said, “I just wanted to help people.” And by the show of appreciation Friday, it was extremely clear that is just one of the many things she did.

Not only is Mrs. Hamilton a nurse, but she wants to make sure students learn and succeed. She said, “I’m so happy so many students are going into nursing these days. I want the young ones to know it’s important to keep reading and learning!”

As students filed out of the gym, many came up to hug Mrs. Hamilton and give their own personal thanks and well wishes. One student could also be heard saying, “Mr. Powell was right…we won’t be able to replace you!”

Mrs. Hamilton says she is looking forward to traveling and spending time with her family, although she did promise she would be back to visit. And who knows, maybe even be a substitute nurse!

 

                                      Mrs. Hamilton and Mr. Powell

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