Saturday, August 24, 2013

Best Teacher won award...

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Subject: Fw: Now She Is A Teacher !!!!
        In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did
something not to be forgotten.  On the     first day of school,
with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal
and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her
classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they
discovered that there were no desks.  'Ms. Cothren, where are our
        She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn
the right to sit at a desk.'
        They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'  'No,' she sa' Maybe
it's our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your
        And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third
period. Still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents
to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television
news crews had started gathering at the school to report about
this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
        The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found
seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom. Martha Cothren
said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just
what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that
are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell
        At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her
classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in
uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school
        The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they
would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last
soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to
understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how
the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
        Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks.
These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you.
        They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and
interrupting their careers and families so you could have the
freedom you have.  Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your
responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an
        Don't ever forget it.'
        By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded
Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of
Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
        Do you think this email is worth passing along so others
        won't forget either, that the freedoms we have in this great country
        were earned by             our U. S. Veterans?  ................... I
        Let us always remember the men and women of our military and the
        they have won for us.
        Blessings abound in our USA!

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