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Custodian and occasional history teacher retiring after 31 years

November 29, 2010
SOUTH OGDEN, UT — Once a year, Michael Forney takes a break from his duties as head custodian at South Ogden Junior High School and spends the day teaching in the classroom, according to the Standard-Examiner.
Forney dresses as a mountain man, sets up his own tepee in the front of the classroom and teaches the kids about the fur-trade era of the mountain man, the article noted.
"About 15 years ago, one of the history teachers found out that I was involved with mountain rendezvous re-enacting and she asked me if I would be willing to teach the seventh-grade history classes for a day when they were on the mountain man chapter," Forney said.
Next month, just before the students head home for Christmas break, Forney will make one last sweep through the hallways before retiring at age 48, the article stated.
"I will miss the friendships with the kids. I think they help keep me young by trying to keep up with them," Forney added.
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