Salute nation's public school professionals

May 04, 2004

Dear Editor:

May 3-7 marks the observance of Teacher Appreciation Week - a time for saluting our public school professionals and the relationships between teachers, support personnel, students and parents.

The theme of this year's celebration, "We are the NEA - Together making Great Public Schools for Every Child," reflects our nation's commitment to all students. The interaction between children, parents, and teachers cannot be underplayed. If partnerships between teachers, support personnel, and parents are strong, the children's chances of success skyrocket.

Today's teachers and support personnel do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation and problem-solving, which help students throughout life. Teachers are true heroes in our communities, who through their commitment to children, work millions of small miracles every day.


Parents, I invite you to visit your child's classroom and learn for yourself how you and the teacher can work together. If you do not have children, please consider visiting your nearest public school and see today's educators in action. Ask how you can contribute to a child's success. We'll be glad to advise.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I'm proud to make a difference in the lives of the students I teach.

Renee Yates


Boyle County Education Association


Junction City Elementary School

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