If you give a teacher a student, she will want a pencil to go with it.
The pencil will remind her that 1+1 = 2 which is basically equivalent to a whole classroom of students.
The students will remind her that she can make a difference, so she smiles, gets a book and they go on a bear hunt.
The bear hunt reminds her that there’s a whole world out there for bear hunters to explore, so she teaches them geography.
Then one of her students proudly stands up and spells Mississippi, and it reminds her of American history, so she teaches them the story.
When the story was over, they wanted to do a puzzle. It was a hard puzzle. She taught them not to give up and soon enough they solved it. There were a lot of tough lessons and tests that followed that puzzle, but it reminded her that they do the most growing when uncomfortable. So she gave them all a hug and a cup of encouragement and they kept going.
When the year was over, she reminded her students to pack up their desks.
The empty desks reminded her of the pencil.
As each of those students left, they handed her beautiful handwritten cards with drawings and stories learned over the year.
With a tear down her face, it reminded her, that if you give a teacher a student, both of their lives will forever be changed.
Thank you to all our teachers who have made an impact in our children’s lives and have kept them safe and loved this year. You are truly appreciated.