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LISA TREMBLAY (left) presents Barbara Reed (right) with a plaque for her years of work at New Durham Elementary School. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
December 07, 2011
NEW DURHAM — Barbara Reed was the principal at New Durham Elementary School for 18 years, and she returned to the school on Friday, Dec. 2, for a special presentation.

Principal Lisa Tremblay presented Reed with a plaque that will be displayed in front of the school, where some landscaping was recently completed.

Reed was full of smiles during her return trip and was greeted with smiles and hugs from students and teachers during her visit.

Reed said that she has no regrets about retiring but still feels a special connection to the students at the school.

"I carry a piece of the school with me just in spirit," Reed said. "This place is part of me and it always will be."

Prior to the presentation of the plaque to Reed a presentation on Heifer International was given to the students.

Heifer is a program that helps support communities around the globe through donations. Donations are taken and they are used to purchase animals in needy areas around the world.

Each class will be donating money to Heifer throughout the Christmas season.

Reed remembers running this program at the school and is pleased that it is continuing.

"I am really delighted to see that they continuing with Heifer International," Reed added. "It's nice to see that there is continuity."

While visiting the school, Reed was reminded of the nearly 20 years she spent roaming the halls, and she knows she will be back to visit once in a while.

"The memories are all kids. My head is filled with memories of kids," Reed said. "I was amazed with how many names I remembered."

For now, Reed is enjoying time spent with her grandson, who lives right across the street from her.

Reed told the students that she will always remembers them.

"A part of you lives at home with me," said Reed to a packed gymnasium.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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