Heath was dazed when he found out they had a party for him. They brought in a cake and presents. It was like a birthday party, except he was leaving.
Honestly, he was shocked that people liked him here. He hated to give that up. But kids, parents, teachers were all here to wish him well. His classroom was packed with people after school.
"Wow, you really shouldn't have." He was all grins. He felt a might silly. He had no room for his teacher's scowl. He felt like a little kid instead. So many hugs and thank yous.
"I wasn't even here the whole year." He winced. "This is amazing. I just hope the next school I go to will be half as great as all of you were." Even if he knew he had plenty of pranksters in his class.
Heath just sighed as he watched everyone looking at him as if he needed to say more.
"I'm going to miss you." He told them. "I'll miss this." He hoped he wasn't wrong in giving this up.
Everyone gathered around for their slice of cake then.
"I've got you an appointment in June in Des Moines. I think they have a placement for you." Father Keegan told him. "It'll be Council Bluffs, will that be too far of a drive for you?"
"No." Heath was sure of it. He could manage a drive from the country town they planned to move too. "I think it would perfect." Actually, he couldn't believe the news.
"Well, you know how it goes, they'll want to interview you, look at your credentials." He smiled.
"Oh, I've even got a drama workshop lined up to teach this summer." Heath then remembered.
"You be sure to tell them about that, will you?" Father Keegan gave him a pat on the back.
"Of course." Heath nodded. He sighed with relief. Still, he couldn't wait to get out of here.