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    God Bless Them

    I SURE HOPE THIS IS NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE POSTING RULES

    Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, did something not to be forgotten.

    On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks from her classroom.

    When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

    'Ms.. Cothren, where are our desks?'

    She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

    They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

    'No,' she said.

    'Maybe it's our behavior.'

    She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

    And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

    By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

    The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

    At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

    Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

    Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

    By the way, this is a true story.

    Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.

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    And the people said, "Amen!"

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    Good for her. A lesson that all kids should learn.
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    This is indeed a true story...

    http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

    And the teacher in question is a distant relative to one of our members, too.
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    Thank you Vaughn for the additional info. I was not aware of what you had posted.

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    I need to give praise to GOD every day for the veterans not just one day every year











    The following 5 mods voted to make the change. Brent Dowel Cynthia White Steve Southwood Don Baer Ken Werner
    Last edited by Don Baer; 11-15-2010 at 12:29 AM. Reason: To make the post in compliance with the CoC.

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    All I can say is Wow, that is an amazing story...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray hampton View Post
    I need to give praise to GOD every day for the veterans not just one day every year










    The following 5 mods voted to make the change. Brent Dowel Cynthia White Steve Southwood Don Baer Ken Werner




    I am asking for a VOTE from all members concerning the editing of mine statement

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