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Make a difference

Published 1:42pm Wednesday, August 14, 2013

As summer vacation ends and the school bells are soon to be ringing, much work is taking place. Classrooms are being arranged and decorated for the new classes, teachers are making plans for the new school year and those in charge of the buildings are making sure all things are working and everything is clean and shiny. Like a lighthouse on the seashore, the school bids welcome to all who will fill the halls in a few short days.

From those who will enter the buildings for the first time to those who will be entering for the last time, each will be changed over the course of the next 180 days of school as they walk the halls and fill the classrooms. Each person who contributes to the education and care of these students will have a great responsibility cast on them. The responsibility is not taken lightly by most and the rewards that can be gained by those employed in education cannot be measured in terms of monetary rewards.

The reward can come in making a difference in a child’s life, affecting their entire future. While some feel that filling the minds of young people with information and teaching the “three r’s” are the only tasks required, this only begins to scratch the surface of education. Teaching children to be good citizens as well as helping them to become successful contributors to society are also demanding tasks. Helping them to increase not only in wisdom of information but also to realize and develop their unique abilities and to cultivate in them an appreciation of their individual talents is also a big challenge.

All who play a part in education, both public and private, cannot take their role lightly. Looking back, some of the folks who left a lasting impression on my sons were not always teachers. While both were blessed with many great classroom teachers and coaches during their school years, there were others who may have not always realized what a contribution they made as well. From the custodian who called them by name and greeted them with a smile in elementary school to the bus driver who not only transported them safely but prayed for them as well to the cafeteria worker who made them feel special, encouraged and cared for them in high school – all who touched their lives made a difference.

To all who work in education, you have a tremendous calling and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.

May the upcoming year be the best yet and may God bless you as you fulfill that calling.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

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