Get High On Life: Children deserve encouragement

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 13, 2002


It seems like we were just talking about graduations and summer vacations and, already, another school year is just around the corner. How time flies!

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

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

Yes, I do realize today is different. The challenge is almost impossible. Many of our children have been abused, neglected, unloved, undisciplined and, in some cases, almost hopeless. I say almost hopeless because I still believe in miracles and the greatest miracle is a changed life. I know our teachers can make a difference.

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

The school systems in America are in trouble. With man, the situation seems hopeless, but with God, all things are possible.

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, administration, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and maintenance personnel is to look each day for an opportunity to touch a child in a positive way.

To all the students: take advantage of the opportunity to get a good education. Be the best person you can be. Respect yourself and other people will respect you. Encourage each other with words and actions, especially a smile and, last, but not least, remember our teachers are people, too. They deserve love in return. Encourage them at every opportunity.

To all the teachers in the community: Keep in mind no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. I say thanks for caring. We appreciate you. Have a great year!

HAROLD KELLER writes this column as part of his affiliation with the Get High on Life religious motivational group. Call him at (985) 652-8477.