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Get High on Life

By Harold Keller / L’Observateur / August 12, 1998

As we start another school year, I’m reminded of the awesome responsibility that our school personnel have, especially our teachers and counselors.

I really don’t have many regrets in life. God has been so good to theKellers, but I’ve often envied the role of a teacher – to have the opportunity to mold and nurture young minds that are hungry for knowledge.

I still remember, with pleasant memories, some of the teachers who influenced my life. I also have to admit that, most of the time, I resistedtheir sincere efforts. (The bottom line is, I wasn’t a very good student.)When I think of my elementary school years, I think of Sister Mary Evangelist and Sister Mary Conrad. I have high school memories of MissHilda Theard, Mrs. Josie Snowdy, Mr. Joe Bossier, Mr. Perry Guidry and Mr.Felix Berthelot. I thank God that I had the privilege of being taught by suchdedicated, caring people. Yes, teachers do make a difference.I do realize that today is different. The challenge is almost impossible.Many of our children have been abused, neglected, unloved, undisciplined and, in some cases, are almost hopeless. I say almost hopeless because Istill believe in miracles, and the greatest miracle is a changed life. Iknow that our teachers can make a difference.

Speaking for myself, I know that in the past I’ve been guilty of not appreciating, and even criticizing, the people responsible for the education of our children.

My appeal to the parents of school age children is to get involved, encourage your children and support our teachers.

My message to all the school personnel – administrators, teachers, counselors, coaches, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and maintenance workers, is to look each day for an opportunity to touch a child in a positive way.

To all the children: Take advantage of the opportunity to get a good education. Be the best person that you can be. Respect yourself and otherpeople will respect you. Encourage each other with words and actions,especially with a smile. Last, but not least, remember that teachers arepeople, too. They deserve love in return. Encourage them at everyopportunity.

Our school systems in America are in trouble. With man, the situationseems hopeless, but with God, all things are possible.

To all the teachers in the community, I say: Thanks for caring! We appreciate and love you! Have a great year!

Harold Keller is a regular columnist for L’Observateur.

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