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Teachers get emotional when kids grow in spite of obstacles

Want to see teachers get emotional? Tell them they're overpaid. Or watch when they present a President's Award for Educational Achievement.

The year-end recognition goes to students who may not be the highest achievers but who have shown tremendous growth, often against special obstacles.

Teachers, such as those at Valrico Elementary, read a personal letter to the winning students during an awards ceremony, extolling their efforts and promising to always help. The teachers choke up and pretty much everybody in the room gets a little teary-eyed.

I love that lifting a student to greater heights means so much to these devoted professionals.

Visit Tampa Bay's new slogan "Unlock Tampa Bay" works, but if you ask me, the logo should have included a key crossed over a fork instead of two crossed keys. Cuban sandwiches, devil crab, grouper, yellow rice, empanadas, Bern's, Taco Bus, the Refinery, the Columbia, Yummy House. Oh yeah, it's a fork. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: 1, 2, 3, 4, Math — The Only Subject That Counts. ...

Kudos to the John Hopkins Middle School journalism and TV production students in St. Petersburg. I got a chance to see their work last week and I hope they realize they can change lives through the craft. Maybe a student stopped bullying because of a story in the JHop Times. ...

My friend Pete made a good point this week: Anticipation appears to be a dwindling emotion in this instant age. Few people wait for the 11 o'clock news or the paper to land in the driveway. Punching a few buttons on your handheld device is better — I guess. But I miss using the phrase, "worth the wait."

That's all I'm saying.

Teachers get emotional when kids grow in spite of obstacles 06/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:46pm]
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