Former Spartanburg County teacher turns 106

The city of Chesnee surprised a former teacher who is celebrating a big milestone birthday!
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 8:16 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 4:52 PM EDT
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CHESNEE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County School District Two celebrated a beloved figure in the community who turned 106 years old on Wednesday.

Ella Mae Colbert is a former Chesnee Elementary School teacher (CES).

The school district planned a party for Mrs. Colbert’s birthday with the students at CES during a special gathering the school in the Chesnee Elementary School Media Center.

The City of Chesnee said Mrs. Colbert received a police escort to her party and was presented with a proclamation making May 11 “Ella Mae Colbert Day.”

The birthday girl said the celebration was a total surprise.

“It’s filling me up. This is something that I wasn’t expecting,” Colbert said. “I wasn’t expecting anybody to be thinking about me or doing something. But they always slip a surprise on me. You just don’t know how the feeling has been this morning.”

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