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Letter: Teachers have impact

During the past week, I came into contact with numerous community members who had impact on my past. At a youth basketball game, I spoke with Tom Whitmore about local sports and got some good advice on dealing with people from him. 

When Ray Latham came out to work on our well, we spoke about his mother, Marilyn’s class in computers and business and her lessons on hard work. 

I drove to Silt on an errand, saw Linda Ford out walking and getting fresh air, and was reminded of her love of learning. 

At the GlenX Career Expo I was interviewed for KMTS by Ron Milhorn and couldn’t help but think of Jack Jabbour providing the color commentary for sporting events. 

When I read this newspaper, it’s calming to read about Mike Samson working hard every day to do what’s best for this county. Not a day goes by in my own profession that I don’t think about Todd Ellis and Roger Walters for perspective and guidance to help our current students.

The point of this “Vidakovichian” stroll down memory lane is to show how impactful teachers are on this community. As someone who’s been tied to the Re-2 school district since 1983 and as a lifelong member of this community, I understand the importance of great teachers in our schools. 

Not only do they impact students on a daily basis in the classroom, but they also mold young people long after the bell rings. Our teachers are woven into the fabric of our community, but our future students might not get those impactful relationships as teachers come and go like long-term substitutes. Without your vote, Garfield Re-2 will continue to lose teachers to neighboring districts. Please vote “yes” on 4A and 4B and make an impact that will last years beyond the school grades. 

A “yes” vote is a thank-you to all of your teachers in the past and for all of the future educators who may help your kids, grandkids or other future community members.

Paul Harvey


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