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EKY librarian retires after 27 years

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email
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CHAVIES, Ky. (WYMT)- Whether they arrived by bus or car, you couldn’t miss the excitement from students at Chavies Elementary School.

“He’s just, one of the funniest teachers we’ve got!” eighth grader Dalton Collins said.

“He tells jokes and stuff and it’s really funny,” third grader Lexie Mullins said.

The students anxiously waited Tuesday for their Librarian Doug Bryant to uphold a promise he made earlier in the year.

“If it inspires them to read, then I’ll do it,” Bryant said.

If the school earned 16,000 points through the Accelerated Reader Program, Bryant promised he would ride his bike to school. The students met the goal 3,000 points ago.

“We’ve done really well this year. We’ve done better this year than we ever have in the past,” fifth and sixth grade teacher Joanna Perry said.

He suited up Tuesday for his 14 mile ride. It just so happened to rain.

“[I kept thinking] if I can just get up the next hill, then I’ve got it made! I was just trying to peddle, I didn’t worry about the rain. It didn’t bother me,” Bryant added.

“We just thought it was funny, seeing someone just ride a bike to school knowing how far away he lives,” Collins said.

As students count down the days to summer break, Bryant is making sure to take in every minute. After 27 years as an educator, he’s retiring.

“We’re tolerant of each other. We treat each other like family. We’re really close, we are,” Perry added.

“He made me develop a love for books,” Collins said.

“Mr. Bryant, even when you leave, I’ll still remember you,” Mullins said.

Bryant has left an imprint on the hearts of all of his students. Just like the words printed on the pages inside his library books.

He is also the librarian at Robinson Elementary School where he completed a similar challenge last week.

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