New teachers in Junction City gathered at the Geary County Convention Center on Tuesday morning for a breakfast. The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce put this together, joining the new teachers with current ones. They had a buffet-style breakfast to indulge in as many got to know one another before the new school year kicks off.

The breakfast hosted a few speakers to offer their words to the teachers, including new superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston.

“There’s something about the new year and the energy that comes with it,” Eggleston said. He said he wants the teachers to continue to further the mission in creating opportunities for the young people. He finished off by saying he is hoping that it is a rewarding year and career for all.

Geary County commissioner Ben Bennett also spoke to the new teachers.

He said that 50 years ago, he was sitting on the other side of that podium. Going into it, he thought he would jBy Chris Stewart

New teachers in Junction City gathered at the Geary County Convention Center on Tuesday morning for a breakfast. The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce put this together, joining the new teachers with current ones. They had a buffet-style breakfast to indulge in as many got to know one another before the new school year kicks off.

The breakfast hosted a few speakers to offer their words to the teachers, including new superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston.

“There’s something about the new year and the energy that comes with it,” Eggleston said. He said he wants the teachers to continue to further the mission in creating opportunities for the young people. He finished off by saying he is hoping that it is a rewarding year and career for all.

Geary County commissioner Ben Bennett also spoke to the new teachers.

He said that 50 years ago, he was sitting on the other side of that podium. Going into it, he thought he would just stay for a couple years and then go off to “do something better.”

But Junction City is where he met his wife and where he taught for 17 years before going to work for the Olympic Wrestling Committee. He said his time teaching there helped make him a good candidate for that committee position. Bennett said that the school district was very supportive of him as a teacher and coach. Bennett concluded by urging everyone to not forget about the great community and how great of a place it is to live and learn.

Junction City Mayor Pat Landes was the final speaker of the morning.

Landes, who has lived in Junction City since 1997, emphasized how great of a community it has been to work in. He said that teachers are special in the way they can touch lives and says everyone has those teachers that they remember forever. He said this is an opportunity for the teachers to have an amazing influence over the kids.

He also urged the teachers to make Junction City their home.

Landes said he’s had plenty of opportunities to pack up and leave for new positions, but he stayed here because this is his home.

ust stay for a couple years and then go off to “do something better.”

But Junction City is where he met his wife and where he taught for 17 years before going to work for the Olympic Wrestling Committee. He said his time teaching there helped make him a good candidate for that committee position. Bennett said that the school district was very supportive of him as a teacher and coach. Bennett concluded by urging everyone to not forget about the great community and how great of a place it is to live and learn.

Junction City Mayor Pat Landes was the final speaker of the morning.

Landes, who has lived in Junction City since 1997, emphasized how great of a community it has been to work in. He said that teachers are special in the way they can touch lives and says everyone has those teachers that they remember forever. He said this is an opportunity for the teachers to have an amazing influence over the kids.

He also urged the teachers to make Junction City their home.

Landes said he’s had plenty of opportunities to pack up and leave for new positions, but he stayed here because this is his home.

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