………is to say thanks to those who do things that truly make an impact. People need feedback and so many times in education, the feedback we give or receive is usually corrective in nature. It is easy to fall into the trap of pointing out what is wrong and taking for granted those things that go according to plan and simply not take the time to recognize those individuals who made it happen. This past weekend I went to the Paris High School prom and the after prom activities. I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by both events. Our students were treated to a fantastic evening of events that included a dinner and dance at the Ohio Building in Terre Haute. Following the dance the students were treated with an all night party at Parisian Lanes (A huge thanks to Bud and Michelle Hissem!). The students were able to bowl, dance, eat, play pool, and socialize in a safe environment and best of all, they were eligible to win approximately $8,000 in prizes. There were many people who took time to make these events happen. To you folks who helped these young men and women have a safe night for their prom and after prom activities, THANK YOU! You helped create a memory that our students will carry all of their lives! For those of you who are still reading this post, yes that means you mom, I want you to take the time to thank someone who has made a difference in your life.
The following is a thank you to some of the many who have made a big difference for me:
My third grade teacher Mrs. Eicher and her game of scrabble, Mrs. Gardner and a great Spanish class, Mr. Pigg, my 7th grade math teacher and coach for many different sports and his cousins in a blanket, Mr. Tyndle, one of my high school science teachers and his undying love of science, and Dr. Bev Findley and her unequalled enthusiasm for teaching and challenging her students. Who should you thank today!