Councilmember honors retiree for 39.5 years of service at Laura C. Saunders Elementary

Councilmember honors retiree for 39.5 years of service at Laura C. Saunders Elementary
Homestead Councilmember Patricia Fairclough-Staggers honors Carla Thompson-Salters for her years of service.

Homestead Councilmember Patricia Fairclough-Staggers recently recognized the exceptional commitment and dedication of Carla Thompson-Salters to Laura C. Saunders Elementary School.

In a heartfelt gesture, Councilmember Fairclough-Staggers presented a commemorative plaque to Thompson-Salters, who served as the school’s head of security for an impressive 39.5 years before retiring.

Carla Thompson-Salters has dedicated her life to ensuring the safety and well-being of the students and staff.

“I want you to know that in the City of Homestead we are proud of your investment into our city and into our children. When you walked into the school this was the first face you see and she’s smiling, but she’s protecting,” Councilmember Fairclough-Staggers said.

Each morning, Thompson-Salters would greet all 565 students with a cheerful “good morning” and a friendly “hello,” creating a positive and nurturing environment within the school premises.

“Nobody knew when a child walked through those doors whether they had a meal the night before or were hurting, but I knew immediately when they needed a hug or an encouraging word to get them through the day,” Thompson-Salters explained.

Her kind words and genuine interest in the students’ well-being made her a beloved figure in the school community.

After almost four decades of service, Carla Thompson-Salters has decided to embark on the next chapter of her life, marking her retirement from Laura C. Saunders Elementary. While bidding farewell to her role, she does so with excitement and anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead.

Councilmember Fairclough-Staggers commended Carla Thompson-Salters for her exceptional dedication, loyalty, and the positive impact she has had on the students and staff at Laura C. Saunders Elementary. The commemorative plaque presented to Thompson-Salters serves as a token of gratitude from the city and the school community, symbolizing their appreciation for her years of service.




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