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August 3, 2004

Albany-- Before classes start, Dougherty County educators wear wacky hats, sing loudly, and dance to the beat.

Letting loose a little bit actually seems to bring them together.  For one long-time teacher, it's a bond she can't shake off.

Funny hair, birthday hats, and even motorcycles served as props to show a little school spirit, "We are number one!!!!" cheers some teachers.

Each Dougherty County school proved they were number one in the annual spirit contest-- a contest long-time art teacher Carolyn Mingo can't seem to get enough of, "I retired in 2001, thought I was ready to retire."

It's not the roar of the crowd that brought this teacher out of retirement, "I love the children, that is why I went back, I really love them."

Carolyn also loves being back with the other teachers, "I have a bad knee and climbing the steps was very difficult for me," and although she wasn't able to cheer with her coworkers at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, she is being cheered on.

Principal Carolyn Scott says, "I guess retirement is not what they thought it would be so we are certainly happy to have them back. That experience is an asset to Martin Luther King and schools throughout the county."

These Dougherty county educators are not shy about showing their spirit. For Carolyn Mingo, it's a spirit she can't retire, "I have a new grandbaby so I may eventually do that but for right now I enjoy what I am doing."

And she obviously isn't the only one enjoying her job. Dougherty County public school students go back to school Friday.

Posted at 5:55 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com