Betty Graves has been a part of the Salem School District for 26 years. As part of the custodial staff, Betty has waxed floors, kept the hallways clean, tended to classrooms and the list continues. She arrives at school before anyone else and gets the coffee pots going so the day can run smoothly. She even bakes goodies for the faculty and staff, not because she must but because she wants to do so.
Betty will be missed. It will be odd to walk through the doors and not see Betty's smiling face. The one thing that will probably be missed most is her dependability. Betty knows where everything is, and she knows how to use those items. She wastes no minutes, a good lesson learned for all students.
High school principal Wayne Guiltner said, "Betty is dependable. She is someone who comes to work and cares about the people; she's not here just to put in a day's work. She's here to take care of others. Salesmen are constantly commenting on how new our campus looks. That's how devoted Betty is to her job. She's part of the reason we have a top-notch campus with top-notch students."
What will she do in her retirement? According to Betty, she hopes to still visit the school and help out some. As she said, "I will still be around. I won't be a stranger." She also plans to spend time with her grandchildren. Hopefully, Betty will still find the time to bake some goodies and bring to the school.
Without doubt, Betty Graves will be missed, but we know that she will always be a part of the Greyhound pride. We will miss you, Betty.