Both the Catholic and the public elementary and high schools in Erie end their 2006-2007 year this week. For decades a majority of the community was in elementary or secondary education. Today there are only five sisters who are directly in the schools...although I counted more than 25 in education generally--that's including things like childcare and preschool, adult education, and religious ed.
I remember as a teen making a calendar of the final month on the cardboard in the back of each subject's notebook and crossing out that day as each class period ended...a 30-day countdown to "freedom"! Later, when I became a teacher, I was surprised to find out that teachers counted down those last days, too...with just as much anticipation and yearning as we had as kids...maybe even more. They just kept their crossed out calendar days hidden!