On May 7, take a moment to thank a favorite teacher


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Posted Online: May 01, 2013, 3:20 pm
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America likes to celebrate. In the coming weeks, we will have National Frog Jumping Day (May 13), International Picnic Day (June 18) and a host of other interesting celebrations. Let's not forget National Teacher Day on May 7.

Teachers make our nation strong. John F. Kennedy said, "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource." Teachers help democracy by laying the foundation for good citizenship. As a way to demonstrate our support of education, we must recognize and acknowledge the contributions educators make in the lives of students. Teachers continue to influence us long after our school days are finished, and through us, teachers affect the lives of our families and friends who never met them.

Join the celebration by thanking a teacher who made a difference in your life. Take the time to find them. Then write a letter, place a phone call or send an email because, as Thurgood Marshall noted, "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody, a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns, bent down and helped us pick up our boots."


Alan Boucher,
superintendent,
Mercer County
School District 404















 



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