Take time to thank an educator

Many of you have had a favorite teacher in your life … that person who saw the real you and all the talents and possibilities that others in your life might have missed. Some of you might have even had more than one special teacher at different, pivotal times in your educational journey.

Or, perhaps it wasn’t necessarily a teacher, but rather a coach, or the bus driver, or a custodian or the lady in the cafeteria lunch line. It was the person who always made you smile or laugh on a day when you thought it was not possible, or went out of their way to just say “hello” to you at those times in your life when you felt invisible.

It’s sad to think about all the “baggage” that some of our students carry with them each day. For some, the complications and worries of their family dynamics have become overwhelming. For those students, in particular, the hours they spend in school are the best parts of their day. You would be hard pressed to find anyone working within a school setting that is not keenly aware of this … and the responsibility it brings.

This week — May 6 to May 10 — is Teacher Appreciation Week. If you can, try to find that special person who made such a difference to you and let them know it. If you have children or grandchildren, ask them who is important to them in school and please take the time to let them know how much you appreciate them. You might be very surprised to find out who it is.

Some have tried to use the media to paint a picture that school employees are only interested in how to “get more money out of the taxpayers.” (If you really listen closely to those same people, they don’t believe that children should even have access to a public school education.)

What is so often forgotten, however, is that school employees also have families and economic responsibilities the same as other taxpayers. They are taxpayers, too! Unfortunately, many have had to take on second and sometimes third jobs to keep going. School employees, especially teachers, are on the front lines of education every day. Yet, the lack of respect and the lack of funding for the education profession have continued for so long that its effects are staggering. Is it any wonder, then, that it often seems the only topic you hear about is money?

If you are engaged with your child’s or grandchild’s education, then you know the real truth. The dedication and commitment continue every day despite the struggle for many in our profession to keep themselves afloat. Please take the time this week to recognize those who continue to make sure it’s always about the students first.

CHRISTEL COMAN

President

Campbell County Education Association

Don’t fear; just believe

I’m writing in response to Wayne Crone’s April 26 letter to the editor, “Fear ripping Christianity apart.”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1) Scripture was God-breathed to mankind, from and through his saints of old, sir. It is the holy, infallible word of God. Through it, he explains much, teaching us greater depths to his character, who he is and how he moves.

“God is the Alpha and Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come.” (Revelations 1:8) He knew and knows happenings in each from the beginning to the last one. A day only he holds. Although written from a long-ago era, Scripture still holds true and is relevant for this day. As one reads Scripture, God works in ways only he does, in reaching the hears of man. And in the reading of Scripture, it is to be interpreted just as God deems, upon the hearing and reading of it, sir. He knows exactly the heart of man and how to reach and touch them.

He is love. You are correct, sir, in knowing of his love and compassion. Yes, as believers, we are to love others just as he does. For God does; he loves mankind so much he sent his son, Jesus Christ, our savior, to die for us. We love others, yes, be we hate sin and know the hurt and destruction it causes. God knows of our need in wholeness, healing, forgiveness, cleansing of our sins (lust, greed, homosexuality, adultery, immorality, stealing, lying and so on) and made a way for us to be one in him, having it all possible, through a personal relationship with his son, Jesus Christ.

SHARON A. ASHLEY

Little Piney

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