Thank You! I know people never get tired of hearing those two words (and most of us probably don’t say them often enough)! I think by now most everyone is back at school doing what you love, teaching students the joy of movement, the benefits of being physically active, the importance of eating healthy foods, and most of all, making each of them feel important and valued. Mark Twain said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I know many of your students will remember not only what you taught them, but how you made them feel.
I had the opportunity recently to help provide a “Let’s Move! Active Schools” in-service in several local schools. It was the week before school started and even though I know there were probably a few “grumpy people” in the audience (they hid it well if they were there!), the atmosphere in those schools was positive and enthusiastic. Unfortunately like in many districts, these teachers once again didn’t receive a raise, they are feeling the pressure of raising test scores and many other negative issues could have influenced their attitudes. But as I was reflecting on how positive each experience was in those schools it confirmed for me that those teachers were there for the right reason……their students! And because of that, I know they will have a great year. So to all of the teachers out there, thank you for all you do each and every day! You are appreciated!!! Have a great year and continue to be proud of what you do and our profession.