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Worker at Sunrise Middle says thank you, goodbye with sign in school's front lawn

Cathy Kahle has a sign made that reads "thank you Sunrise, forever in my heart," as a token of gratitude for staff and students to remember her by.

KEARNEY, Neb. — Cathy Kahle is a media para at Sunrise Middle School and she has worked in the same department for 22 years.

This is her last year at the school before she retires.

Kahle's love for reading and her passion for her students at Sunrise Middle is why she loves her job.

She had a sign made that reads "thank you Sunrise, forever in my heart," as a token of gratitude for staff and students to remember her.

"My neighbor has the Card my Yard business so it was easy run down the street and say, 'I'd like for you to put a sign up for me' and I've been so excited just to have it up," Kahle said.

According to Kahle, no one knew about the sign. She said she thought it would be a neat way to say thank you.

"The school has meant a lot to me. It's been like my second home for 22 years," Kahle said.

Shannon Blaschko works closely with Kahle in the library and said Kahle's connection with the students is amazing.

"When we have kids that come into the library that are struggling reading or want a specific genre or something like that, she is so great about picking a book that somebody's going to like," Blaschko said.

Kahle's passion for reading and interacting with students is what she said she will miss the most.

"I'll look at a kid and say I have your book, and one of them here a month ago threw his arms up in the air and said, 'Mrs. Kahle you're the most wonderful woman in the world.' It's like wow. It's awesome," she said.

Kahle said she plans on spending time with her children and grandchildren when she retires and working in her flower garden.


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