Taking that vital extra step

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 8, 2003

By Harold Keller-Get High on Life

When people are recognized for special awards, either in civilian life or in the military, their service is considered above and beyond the call of duty. Sometimes, people who are honored for certain causes are not really deserving.

That’s not the case of Mrs. Lillie Millet, a young lady who teaches social studies at Riverside Academy. She has been teaching at the school for 20 years.

A few weeks ago, my grandson David, a ninth-grader at the school, asked me to speak to Mrs. Millet’s class. As I was leaving the school after the session, I stopped to talk to the school counselor, Tommy Fernandez.

“How did it go?” he asked. “It went well,” was my response, adding that I always enjoy speaking to any class Mrs. Millet teaches. Fernandez continued, “Harold did you know that she volunteers to teach seven classes instead of six for no additional pay?” “Are you telling me she wants to teach seven classes?” I asked. “That’s right,” he said, “and she does a great job!” “You don’t have to tell me she does a great job,” I said. “For the past few years, I’ve seen her in action. Her positive attitude is a big influence on all her students.”

Besides being a good teacher, Mrs. Millet’s humble, enthusiastic spirit is what every Christian should have.

In this day and time, when many teachers pay more attention to the number of sick days that they have left, it’s refreshing to know that there are still people like Mrs. Millet, who are willing to go the extra mile.

As I write this article, I can’t remember what I spoke about that day, but I’ll never forget that my grandson has been blessed to have a teacher who, every day, goes above and beyond the call of duty.

HAROLD KELLER writes this column as part of his affiliation with the Get High on Life religious motivational organization. Call 652-8477 or write to P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084.