Just a Thank You

Monday, September 26, 2011

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock ,
did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the
permission of the school superintend dent, the principal and the building
supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the
first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
'Ms. Cothren, where're 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) U.S.
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 Active, Retired U. S. Soldiers & Veterans of
all 4 Branches..................
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