To the strains of a birthday song, Weston Middle School eighth grade graduates serenaded teacher Deb Glover with rewritten lyrics reflecting her retirement.
To honor Glover – characterized as an “incredible woman, teacher, mentor, role model, mother, grandmother and friend” – the class of 2026 knocked Glover down at their eighth grade recognition ceremony and presented her with more than 100 bars chocolate bars with handwritten student notes attached to each and singing their version of her birthday song.
The lyrics of “The Retirement Song” include: “Now it’s your turn to have some fun/Get up and go work in your barn and feed your pigs/Sew a blanket, cook a meal and know we miss you , happy retirement Glover.”
“Deb Glover has been involved in our community for approximately 50 years – she is an incredible woman,” InterMountain ESD Media Specialist Jordan Monaco said in a statement.
For decades, students have benefited from Glover’s teaching which spanned the gamut from math, health, physical education, home economics and woodworking to agriculture, cooking, science and “anything you need help with”.
“But more importantly, Deb Glover has taught all of our children that they are important and loved.”
Glover recognized each student’s birthday each year.
“She walks into their classroom on or near their birthday (or half-birthday for those born during the summer), gives each child a fancy crayon and a full-size candy bar, and sings to them her famous birthday song. Every child. Every year. For sure.”
Annie Charnley Eveland is retired from the Union-Bulletin as editor, columnist and reporter for 42 years. A freelance writer, she runs the Etcetera section at UB. Send news with contact name and daytime phone number to [email protected] or call 509-386-7369.