It's hard to keep a secret. It's especially hard for a group of children to keep a secret, but that is exactly what happened at Macon Elementary School Room 3-C last week.
Their teacher, Dina Arnold, is retiring at the end of the school year.
One of Arnold's former third grade students, Mary Waller, has served as a teaching assistant for 3-C during the school year to complete her A+ Program hours.
"I thought it would be fun to have a retirement party for her," said Waller. "We wanted it to be a surprise and the kids did very well to keep the party a secret."
Arnold's sister Shellie Claiborne was doing some substitute teaching for 3-C and and helped send out letters to all the students' parents telling them about the party.
Waller and Arnold's daughter, Lauren, made cupcakes the night before the party.
"We told my mom that we had to make them for our English class," said Lauren.
The students donated the rest of the refreshments.
Rodaicha Wright's mother Beverly Flint made a banner entitled "Rocking Retirement" picturing an empty rocking chair looking out across the landscape for the students to autograph. The banner was also decorated with insignias of Arnold's favorite Mizzou Tigers.
Arnold also received a plant and special notes from the students.
"I was totally surprised," said Arnold. "They kept a good secret."