Former Lexington teacher buys billboard to thank thousands of students

Published: Dec. 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM EST
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There's a lot of buzz at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East High Street. If you look up, you'll see a face that's familiar to thousands in Lexington.

"I put it up close to Christmas time when a lot of people are coming from far away," said Marian Sims.

On the billboard you'll see the face of former teacher, Mrs. Sims. She worked months on putting all the details together for the billboard; she said it's a thank you note to thousands of her former students.

"They have created joy in my life, my whole life. For 46 years it has shaped who I am and what I'm about," Sims added.

Mrs. Sims taught at multiple Lexington schools throughout her 46 year career. A majority of that time was spent at Cassidy Elementary and Morton Middle Schools.

She's received hundreds of messages from her former students since she's put up her giant thank you note. She considers the students' messages the perfect gift this holiday season. She read one message that really meant a lot to her:

"Each of us knows one thing, that they are loved by at least one person, you. And you know that you are loved by each one of us. What a legacy you have."

Mrs. Sims' billboard will be up until Jan. 5.