Wendy began her teaching career at River Bluff Elementary in its inaugural year. She continued teaching at River Bluff for the next seven years. River Bluff wasn't just a place of employment for Wendy. River Bluff was a home away from home, that contained her family away from family. Wendy had the great opportunity to take a full time position teaching third grade at Polk Elementary this school year. Even though River Bluff isn't the school she teaches at anymore she will always be treasured, loved, and missed by the RB students, parents, and staff. A former student of Wendy's approached a teacher at River Bluff last week with a red construction paper heart and the letter below.
Dear Teachers and Staff,
As some of you may know Mrs. Manzo had to have surgery on Monday October 19, 2009. I would like to do as much as I can to help. SO I came up with an idea. It is called "Give a Heart to Mrs. Manzo". I will give one heart to each class, please have each of your students write their names on the heart. Your class can decorate the heart however you would like. When you are done you can put them in Mrs. Keeslar or Mrs. Kennedy's box. In case you didnt know who I am. I am Cassie Cowan, a fifth grader in Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Keeslar's class. I had Mrs. Manzo and Mrs. Keeslar as my teachers when I was in 3rd grade. I would like all of these returned by Wednesday, October 28, 2009. After all of them have been colected, I will put all of the hearts together in a book and give it to her as a get well card from River Bluff.
A thoughtful gesture from a young student to a beloved teacher. Your River Bluff family loves you Mrs. Manzo!