THUMBS UP: Runnymede Elementary School physical education teacher Susan Routson retired at the end of the school year after nearly 40 years in education. If she had done nothing other than spending those decades in a daily pursuit of helping kids live a physically fit life, she would deserve to be celebrated. But Routson did much more. She founded and has overseen a walk to raise money for Carroll Food Sunday for the past 20 years. Over those two decades, the school’s fundraiser has brought in more than $177,000. Just this past year alone, they raised over $10,000. “People need food and it was something that [the kids] understood completely,” Routson told us. During her final week of work, Routson was recognized at a volunteers appreciation event at Runnymede and presented with a handmade quilt that incorporated all of the T-shirts from every walk from over the 20-year span. She was also honored with a proclamation from Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1. And, she learned that she’s going to be on the board for Carroll Food Sunday. So while she’s retiring from teaching, she’s not retiring from helping others.