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Message Normally I dont pass these things on but I thought this is a nice reminder .See note below.Susan SzewczykSubject: Earning your deskIn September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, asocial studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, didsomething not to be forgotten.On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent,the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out ofthe classroom.The kids came into first period and there were no desks.They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?"And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades.""No," she said."Maybe it's our behavior."And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in theclassroom. Second period, same thing, third period too.By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's classto find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of theclassroom.The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were atthis time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room.And she said, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earnthe desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm goingto tell you."Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and asshe did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into thatclassroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those schooldesks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they hadfinished placing those desks, those kids, for the first time I think perhapsin their lives, understood how they earned those desks.Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you.They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsiblyto learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a pricefor you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."Friends, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have arefreedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of ordinarypeople who did extraordinary things, who loved this country more than lifeitself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson HighSchool in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for you a nd me to enjoy thisgreat land we call home, this wonderful nation that we better love enough toprotect and preserve with the kind of conservative, solid values andprinciples that made us a great nation."We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave."Please remember our Troops!
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