Pupils past and present launched a campaign to honour a popular teacher who has retired after 38 years in a Colne Valley village.
Hundreds of children got off to a flying start in their lives, thanks to the help of Wilberlee Junior and Infant School headteacher, Susan Crowther, who has remained at the heart of the community since she took up a teaching post in 1976.
And two former students, Melanie Clegg and Emma O’Connor, want ed as many people as possible to thank her for her top grade efforts by contributing to a special memories book.
They were invited to share their anecdotes, goodwill messages, photos or even just a signature, which they hoped to present to her before she retired at the end of the school year on July 18.
Melanie, was one of nine members of her family to be taught the three Rs by Mrs Crowther, who has played a crucial role in educating local children over the years.
She was taught by Mrs Crowther from 1982 to 1986, when she was called Miss Berry and is now a teaching assistant at the school.
She said: “She has always been such an enthusiastic and very talented teacher and has had a great impact on both my own life and on so many others, including two generations of my family, which includes my three cousins and our children.
“So, it was decided that a book with contributions from her students, old and current, should be made in her honour.
“I hoped that my children would also get to be taught by her and although she was assistant head teacher by the time they started she has given them all happy memories of their own.”
Over the years Mrs Crowther taught all subjects at the school and has even turned her hand to snow shovelling to ensure the school stayed open during the winter.
Post office owner, Emma, said: “She has always devoted herself to the school and there isn’t a job she wouldn’t do.
“She has instilled a love of learning to hundreds of children over the years, and was loved and respected by pupils, colleagues and parents.
“We have the signature of a mum whose daughter started the same day as Mrs Crowther and a message from someone who’s emigrated to Australia and we hope the book will be a retirement present and I want it to reflect the 38 years of Mrs Crowther’s life that she has given to the school.”