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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2011

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!

It is important to me to take time and say thank you to those who I appreciate the most. When I was in the classroom it was my colleagues who so eagerly collaborated on integrated units. During the year on special occasions I never forget to thank my husband and sons for their kindness. At the Department it is those who continuously go out of their way to assist me.

Recently my mother came to visit from Ohio where she lives with my sister. I have had the opportunity to sit with her and look through her high school scrap books. Luckily she was very organized with every newspaper article, dance card, pressed flower, program, note card, report card, and numerous other items attached ever so neatly in large books. I have spent hours looking through the items with her with hopes of catching a glimpse of her past before I came along. At first I was asking questions about the meaning behind each item. This lead to frustration since she simply no longer holds those memories. Now I just watch as she looks carefully at each item and I listen carefully when she pulls out a piece of the past and shares what she remembers. I am appreciative of those tidbits that I am learning but it certainly makes me pause and think. Sometimes thanking our parents is most difficult.What a gift I am experiencing with her right now.

This leads me to Teacher Appreciation Week and a chance to thank all of you who work continuously to provide opportunities in the arts in classrooms across Maine and for those of you who visit the blog from other states. You are true heroes; giving gifts to students they can easily cherish for the rest of their lives. Not only do you teach students to play an instrument and draw and dance and sing and act but you provide experiences that builds lives. I want to take a moment and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for students!

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