It’s hard to believe, but another school year is rapidly winding down to a close and the start of summer vacation (could we have spring first?) is almost here.

While students are looking forward to the change in their daily routines, many of the faculty and staff of our area schools will be experiencing changes as they prepare to leave the hallowed halls and move on to another phase in their lives.

For Riverside resident Meredythe Bolda, it will be the end of her association with the District 96 schools. Bolda began her career 22 years ago when, as the mother of seven children, she decided to add something else to her already busy life – and that was working with more children. She was a presence at Blythe Park School where she started, moved on to Hauser Junior High, then to Central School and back to Blythe Park. For the last eight years, she has been at Ames School.

She worked with children as a certified para-professional, with duties including serving as a special education aide and an instructional aide. Each child was unique to Mrs. Bolda.

Now as she views what she will do next, Meredythe Bolda’s list is filling up. The grandmother of four, she will add three more to that list this year, which could mean she has more time to baby sit. She and her husband, Ron, hope to do some traveling, especially to those of their children who reside out of state. She has included on her “to-do” list reading and volunteering, but I’m not giving out her phone number yet.

In recognition for their service to District 96, a dinner was held at the Riverside Golf Club for Bolda, Joy Brabec (the ever popular physical education teacher at Hauser) and Judy Johnson from Hollywood School. Former students can have a chance to visit with their former teacher, Mrs. Bolda on Friday, May 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ames School when a reception will be held. It’s a perfect time to say, “Thank you, Mrs. Bolda.”

When I asked Meredythe for a comment, she told me she believes that “100 years from now it won’t make any difference what kind of house I lived in, what kind of car I drove or how much money I had in the bank, or what happened in the world, but what would be of importance is that I was important in the life of a child.”

Yes Meredythe, you were important to the lives of many children. Thank you.