Appreciate our educators and help the students

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 10, 2004

“Get High on Life” – Harold Keller

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 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 the Kellers, 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.

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 that 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 that 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 that 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 that no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. I say thanks for caring. We appreciate you. Have a good year!

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.