Marsh Foundation Holds Spring Graduation Celebration; Recognizes Hall’s Retirement
VAN WERT, Ohio – The Marsh Foundation School held its annual spring celebration on Wednesday, June 5. The day included a musical production of The Wizard of Oz, a graduation ceremony and luncheon for the students and their families. Four students earned and received their diplomas.
Many of the youth’s friends and families, as well as community members joined in on the celebration. More than 40 students participated in the day’s activities.
Many received academic awards for their successes throughout the school year. This year’s event was extra special because Ms. Suzie Hall was recognized for her retirement and 32 years in education; and the Bagley Auditorium was officially named in honor of past director Mr. Ron Bagley.
Marsh Foundation Principal, Robbie Breese, recognized and congratulated teacher, Ms. Suzie Hall, on her retirement. Ms. Hall taught for 32 years, with 25 of those years being at The Marsh Foundation School. She will be greatly missed. On behalf of The Marsh, Breese presented Hall with a plaque during the ceremony expressing gratitude for all she’s given to the students she’s taught.
This year, Marsh Foundation Historian, Ron Bagley, served as an honorary guest at the graduation ceremony and spoke to the students during the ceremony. Mr. Bagley served The Marsh Foundation from 1962-1991 as a teacher, principal and director. He spoke about some history of the Marsh Foundation, Hilinda Marsh’s resolutions to lead a better life, and challenged the Marsh students and graduates “to be the best that you can be.”
A surprise announcement was made at the 2018 Marsh Foundation Christmas party that the Administration Building’s auditorium was to be renamed Bagley Auditorium in Ron’s honor. It is now official and naming plaques have been hung.
The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides services in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, family foster care (ages 0-17), an intensive treatment program, adoption and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 36 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster care children and community members.
Photo caption: Suzie Hall, center, is surrounded by Marsh Foundation School teachers and staff. She was recognized for 32 years in education and presented with a plaque recognizing her retirement at the recent graduation ceremony.