Ties that bind

Students, parents bid farewell to Pete

Pete Carter, retiring principal at Ft. Craig School of Dynamic Learning, knew a reception was planned for his retirement. What he didn’t know, however, until the day of the event was that his entire life would be on display down the hall leading to the gym -- including some of his favorite ties.

“His wife, Kim, kept worrying that he would start looking for a favorite tie and catch on to what was going on,” said Cynthia Spitler. Spitler and other parent volunteers credited Kim Carter; Pete’s mother, Betty; Michelle Baerns, Kristi Stevens and Libby Hurst, among others, with collecting and putting together the tables of memorabilia.

The principal has many, many ties, however, and the collection of Snoopy, Dr. Seuss, fried worms and other child-friendly subject ties on display were just a tiny part of the memorabilia.

The reception for Carter began, appropriately, in the Compass House, an addition to Ft. Craig that the principal has helped spearhead and is still an on-going project that will enhance the educational opportunities at Ft. Craig. Blueprints of the plans were available for viewing. From there, visitors wound through the halls lined with tables dedicated to everything from Carter’s love of Boy Scouts to his church work to his accomplishments as a youth.

Earlier in the month, State Sen. Raymond Finney had presented Carter with a proclamation recognizing his years of service and Maryville Mayor Joe Swann issued a proclamation declaring a ‘Pete Carter Day’ in Maryville. Army Major Jeff McCarter, a parent, gave him a flag that had flown over a military base in Afghanistan where McCarter and his unit had been.

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