Article and photos by Carol Heard Decatur County Government
Veteran Decatur County educator Janet Mitchell was honored Friday with a dogwood tree being planted at Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Bainbridge, which also marked the county’s annual Arbor Day observation.
Decatur County Keep America Beautiful and the Decatur County Board of Education chose to honor Mitchell with the tree because of her unending devotion to her profession and her service to the community.
Mitchell started teaching in Decatur County in 1965 and retired in 1996. In 1989, she was named Jones-Wheat “Teacher of the Year.” Even though retired, Mitchell continues to serve as a substitute teacher at Jones-Wheat, as well as assists the school in many other ways, said Jones-Wheat Principal Larry Clark.
Mitchell said she was honored for the recognition, and it motivates her even more to continue to serve.
“I will work as long as this tree grows. I just hope they keep watering it,” she said in jest.
She also has served as a poll worker for approximately eight years and president of American Legion Ladies Unit 502 for seven years.
Each year, Keep America Beautiful plants a tree on Arbor Day, which is a day set aside to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
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