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Our children are back to school now and emphasis is placed on bus schedules, books, new clothes, homework, sports, tests---the list goes on.

I would like to salute the teachers that will be influencing our children’s lives for the next 10 months. I want to share a small story that I received from a friend.

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The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decides his best option in life is to become a teacher?”

He reminded the other guests of the old saying about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” To emphasize his point, he said to another guest, “You’re a teacher, Mary. Be honest. What do you make?”

Mary, who had a reputation for honesty, replied, “You want to know what I make? I make students work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ seem like Congressional Medal of Honor for a student who has tried their best. I make students sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence.

“You ask what I make? I make students wonder. I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them write. I make them read, read, and read some more. I make them show all their work in math and perfect their final version of a report.

“I make them understand that if you have the brains and follow your heart and, if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you must pay no attention because that person just didn’t learn.”

Mary paused and then said, “You want to know what I make? I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make?”

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I have talked to some young college graduates recently who are now teaching. I know these people are teaching because the priority in their lives is to make a difference for the younger generation. Experienced teachers hate to retire, because they have seen the influence a good teacher can have on a young person’s life.

Remember, a teacher actually spends more time with a student than most parents. THANK A TEACHER TODAY!

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