The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

January 11, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Teachers deserve our thanks for their care

Nothing like a Christmas break followed by multiple snow days, to make a mom very appreciative of her children’s teachers.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel like I appreciate them for the whole year, but something about the past three weeks has sparked an appreciation that surpasses all!

My kids attend Meadow Bridge High School, and I want to give a public shout out to all teachers, but especially our own at MBHS. We all know that teachers work tirelessly, not just during school hours, but also countless hours at home.

In Meadow Bridge, I personally know this to be true. I have an 11th-grade son and a ninth-grade daughter. I have gotten to know most of their teachers on a first-name basis (although I must admit that it feels quite weird to call them by their “real” names), and I have no hesitation to contact them if I have a perceived problem with either child.

The teaching staff is always very prompt to return a phone call or written message, but they are also welcoming when I see them at a game or even the store and request “a quick … I promise” request for an impromptu parent/teacher conference in the bread aisle.

Even beyond that, there have been many times I have gone to retrieve my mail, and there will be a handwritten note from one of their teachers to let me know things are going great in class. I have even received messages through social media to check on things or offer me opportunities where I can help volunteer at a school function.

And all of the above doesn’t even cover the teachers who are also active coaches for our kids’ sports programs. The benefits of those programs for our kids and the sacrifices made by the coaching staff and their families are another “shout out article” altogether!

So, to all those teachers out there, especially the Meadow Bridge Wildcat ones — THANK YOU for all you do, not just for the kids, but for the families and the communities as well.

Michelle Farr

Meadow Bridge

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