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It’s not too late to thank a teacher

We take them for granted all the time.

It’s time to tell teachers how much we appreciate them.

The governor declared last week as Virginia Teacher Appreciation Week, but it’s not too late to thank a teacher as the waning days of this school year draw nigh.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re still a student or not, every one of us can remember that special teacher who caused a light bulb to go off or directed us on a certain path.

These are the educators you remember the rest of your life, and now’s the time to tell them what they mean to you.

The governor’s proclamation nails it: 

Virginia teachers are entrusted with the education of the commonwealth’s children; and

 Virginia teachers strive to instill a love of learning in and out of the classroom; and

 Virginia teachers seek to open students’ minds to new knowledge and ideas while laying a foundation for life-long learning; and

 Virginia teachers model good citizenship by making positive and lasting contributions to society; and

 Virginia teachers fill many roles as motivators, explorers, mentors and listeners, and

 Virginia teachers, through academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities and social interaction, lead students to develop independence, morality and character; and

 Virginia teachers work tirelessly to increase learning and achievement and to help each student meet the commonwealth’s high academic standards; and

 Virginia teachers help students to develop and reach their goals while recognizing that each student is an individual with different needs for growth and success; and

 Virginia teachers’ commitment to academic excellence is reflected in annual increases in student learning and achievement and in the numerous national recognitions earned by the commonwealth’s public schools.

For all these reasons and more, we salute all area teachers.

 

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Now to get personal…

I usually make it a practice not to get too personal in this column space, but this week I just can’t help myself.

This past weekend, I got one of the best Mother’s Day gifts any mom can receive, and it came precisely at noon on that special day when my only son, Graham, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree majoring in English and minoring in history (in three years thanks to dual enrollment credits courtesy of Halifax County High School and the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia). 

When he marched across the William and Mary court with diploma in hand, I couldn’t contain myself as the pride swelled up inside.

Mind you, I was very excited when he graduated as valedictorian of the Halifax County High School Class of 2010, but this year my Mother’s Day seemed simply perfect with his latest achievement.

Now it’s off to three years of law school at the The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, and God willing, another graduation will be here before we know it.

Our hats off to all college graduates who will be receiving diplomas this month.