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NO. R-127. JOINT RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF MARY S. BABCOCK ON HER RETIREMENT AFTER A 53-YEAR CAREER IN PUBLIC EDUCATION.

(J.R.H. 99)

Offered by: Representatives Edwards of Swanton and Robb of Swanton.

Whereas, Mary S. Babcock has dedicated her life to public education as a teacher and administrator, and

Whereas, after graduating from the Normal School in Gorham, Maine, Mary Shepard accepted her first teaching position, in 1937, a one-room schoolhouse in South Walden, Vermont where she taught 25 students in grades one through eight and, in return, was compensated with the annual salary of $700.00, and

Whereas, Mary S. Babcock temporarily put aside her teaching duties to serve her nation in World War II as a proud member of the U.S. Navy WAVES and was assigned duties as a flight mechanic, and

Whereas, subsequent to the war's conclusion, and her marriage to Luther Babcock, to whom she was happily married for 34 years, she returned to the classroom, and

Whereas, in 1953, Mary S. Babcock assumed a new position as a teacher at the Swanton Central School, and

Whereas, after earning a bachelor's degree in 1961 at the University of Vermont, she continued her professional duties and so impressed the local school board with her capabilities that she was selected to serve as both the principal, and later, the assistant elementary school principal, and

Whereas, Mary S. Babcock has been honored as Teacher of the Year in the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, and

Whereas, her community paid Mary S. Babcock its highest tribute when the Swanton Elementary School's name was changed to the Mary S. Babcock Elementary School, and

Whereas, after 53 years as a public school teacher and administrator, Mary S. Babcock has decided to retire from the education profession and devote her time to church and community activities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Mary S. Babcock on an extraordinary 53-year career in public education and wishes her much happiness in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary S. Babcock in Swanton.