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Letter to the editor: Teacher’s reward

To the editor:

Yesterday as I sat in the front of my classroom taking attendance, a little first or second grade girl stood outside my classroom door waiting to be recognized by me. When I saw her, I motioned her into the room. She came toward my desk and as she reached it, she opened her tiny little hand and inside that hand there were two small broken pieces of a candy cane. She smiled and said, “These are for you,” And then, just as quietly as she entered the room, she walked back out.

Suddenly I realized how brave she had been to enter a room full of 33 big fifth graders to hand me a gift. I also realized how lucky I am to be a teacher. Each day I am blessed with gifts from my students. Some draw me pictures. Others make me crafts like ornaments or bracelets. Still others offer high fives or hugs.

As we reach the end of Teacher Appreciation Week I want to let others know how much I appreciate all that my past and present students and their parents have done to make me feel special.

Courtney Kiser

The Dalles

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