Letter: A tribute to Jim Newton on his retirement
After 35 years of service, my father Jim Newton is retiring from teaching at Gloucester High School at the end of the school year. On behalf of my siblings Destiney, Spaanity, Chenay and Jamian, we wanted to share these words with our humble pa.
Dad, as you embark on the next phase of your journey, we would like to thank you for being our dedicated father. The trait that we agree you instilled in us is a strong work ethic. From early ages, you taught us to cherish family, and made us road warriors who could withstand four-hour car trips to visit our grandmothers with only one bathroom stop!
High standards in school began long before that anxiously anticipated first bus ride. Even during summers, math problems, spelling words and library books were commonplace. You encouraged regular attendance in Sunday school, and lending a helping hand to elderly neighbors. You made it possible for us to take piano, tennis and swimming lessons. You also supported us while we participated in basketball, track, football and flag teams. Academics were always non-negotiable and led us to successful higher learning in Durham, Charlottesville and Chapel Hill.
There are not enough words in the English language to express our gratitude for all that you have sacrificed over the years to provide. Our hope is that we are able to pass on similar values to our children, so that your legacy will also leave a lasting mark on them as it has done for us.