(INDIANAPOLIS STAR) — Despite being long retired from the West North Hendricks School Corp., Larry and Jackie Sparks were vital contributors to the education of children.
At 78 and 77, respectively, the beloved couple took on part-time jobs such as driving a school bus or working as a teacher's aide as a way to give back.
They helped with field trips and extracurricular actives. They worked with young educators, passing along decades of experience as both teachers and administrators.
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A day after a tragic RV crash in Tennessee that killed the couple, the school was still reeling from the loss.
"They can't be replaced. You don't meet people like that that often," Superintendent Richard "Rusty" King said. "They're just gonna be so, so missed for everything that they've done. People will step up, and we will make it work. But you just can't replace people like that."