Otisfield students say goodbye to superintendent

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OTISFIELD — Superintendent Mark Eastman told students at Otisfield Community School on Wednesday that he hopes they will always make good choices.

“Every day when you wake up you have a lot of choices to make. The most important choice you will make every day is your attitude,” Eastman told the students in grades kindergarten through six who assembled at lunchtime to honor the retiring superintendent. “I know you are going to be successful as you work to choose your own attitude.”

It was the first of many “goodbyes” the superintendent will have over the next two months as he finishes 15 years with the Oxford Hills School District. He was honored for his commitment to the school community through a series of songs and skits by the students.

The performances included a skit and song about “Baxter the Bear,” the singing of “God Bless America,” magic tricks, comical skits and even dancing the macarena in which Eastman and his wife, Lucille, got up on stage and danced with the students.

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The nearly 90-minute event included a lunch and a special dedication of a Star Magnolia tree that the school planted in the community garden that Eastman helped dedicate almost three years ago. Next to the tree was a plaque stating “A Star Magnolia has been planted in Dr. Mark Eastman’s name in appreciation for his dedication and services to the Oxford Hills School District.”

After the performances, students stood in line to say goodbye to Eastman, many of them saying “thanks” and giving the superintendent a hug or “high five.”

“I’m going to miss you. You’re all awesome,” Eastman told the students.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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