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School District Five retirees gather for annual event

For Immediate Release – February 20, 2020



School District Five retirees gather for annual event

IRMO – Hundreds of Lexington-Richland School District Five retirees attended the annual District Five Foundation Retiree Luncheon on Feb. 18.


The luncheon was created by the Foundation as a way to show appreciation for retirees, engage and inform them on events and accomplishments happening in the district.


School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton spoke at the event. 


“Today is a celebration, and I am so glad that you chose to be here for reunion,” Melton said. “I am so glad that you choose to be a part of School District Five, whether you live here or elsewhere, your celebrations and your staying a part of this community continues to make sure that the #PrideIn5 that I celebrate continues to ripple across this state. On behalf of the faculty and staff, and most importantly our students, thank you. Thank you for your service to School District Five and for being an ambassador of public education.”


Entertainment at the luncheon was provided by Dutch Fork High School’s orchestra. 


Retirees like Kathy Grey, who served as a teacher in the district and retired from Irmo High School, said she enjoyed the event and the chance to reunite with old colleagues. 


“I find that the people you work with are your family, so this event is almost like a family reunion,” Grey said. “Since I have had the benefit of working at multiple schools in the district, I was looking forward to seeing everybody from the schools that I worked at. I think it is important for the district to recognize the people who have helped carry out the mission of the school district.”


Former assistant principal Dan McGee attended the event, noting “This event is a fun time for everyone to get together, relive some old times and catch up. I thoroughly enjoy it.” 


District Five Foundation president Mary Kathryne Wadford says this event is one the Foundation looks forward to every year.


“The Retiree Luncheon celebrates the vast impact that retirees from School District Five have made on our community's students over the years,” said Wadford. “Attendance continues to grow each year and with this growth comes exciting and new opportunities. We are so thankful for these educators and their continued dedication to our district. This is one small way to say thank you for the many lives they have touched.”