This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the tremendous commitment teachers have made to the development and well-being of children. Teaching is a noble profession. To many, it is even a calling. It requires much, and sometimes has few rewards. In America, the teaching profession is often criticized and even blamed for much in our society. Yet, more is required of the American teacher than any other teacher in the world. Too often it is a thankless profession. What better time than National Teacher Appreciation Week to let teachers know they are truly appreciated.
To the teachers in the Danville schools, thank you for being devoted to your profession and for being dedicated to improving the lives of children. Thank you for coming to school every day ready and willing to meet the challenges and issues facing today's educators. Thank you for caring about children, for going beyond all expectations to help students reach farther than they ever thought they could. Thank you for being willing to use your own resources for students who often do not have the necessary resources of their own. Thank you for worrying about the students that no one else worries about. Thank you for finding ways to overcome obstacles to learning, insuring that every child has the best possible chance to excel. Thank you for all those times when you have tried everything you know to try, and then continued to look for one more thing to help a child succeed. Thank you for allowing your feelings, wants, desires, goals, hopes, and dreams to be wrapped up in the kids who come into your classrooms each day. Thank you for giving all you have so that every child has a chance to achieve his or her very best.