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Local Commentary: Give teachers their due May 4

By Scott Monson

Tuesday, May 4, is National Teacher Day. Please find an opportunity to thank a teacher for making public schools great!

Teachers in the Morris Area Schools District 769 and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making great public schools for every student.

Each of our school staff members play an important role in our school district. However, few staff members touch as many students as teachers do, so National Teacher Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day.

We all have to work together to make our schools even better, which means everyone in the community -- parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government, and, yes, students. Public schools are at the heart of any community. Community involvement brings learning to life, and creates an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other.

Better than an apple or a thank you card, a community's active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community's students would be ample reward for all of us.

Thank you for helping recognize teachers on May 4 - let's celebrate National Teacher Day.

Scott Monson is Morris Area School District Superintendent.