Several area residents as well as past students of Ruwe's were at the celebration. Ruwe was presented with a book of memories filled with pictures and artwork made by the children.
"There has been so many people show up and even some faces I haven't seen in so long," Ruwe said.
The day was filled with laughter, stories and even some tears.
"Retirement will keep me teaching as I will be caring for my grandchild, assisting in the care of a parent and finding that place where I will volunteer some of my time to work with children," Ruwe continued .
Fender Redman, a four year old preschooler from Future Kids, said he is going to miss Ms. Nan and one of his favorite things she taught him was about planting flowers and about sharks.
"I will miss those beautiful faces coming through the door as we say our hellos, the smiles I get from something I have said or sang and the daily laughter that comes from learning and working together as a school family," Ruwe said.