Guest Editorial: A letter to District 302 teachers
by Leigh Ann Reusche
Co-founder, Kindness Campaign 2013
To all District 302 teachers:
The Kindness Campaign wishes to acknowledge and thank each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment to our children. We want to acknowledge the importance the amazing teachers at Kaneland play in the lives of our children.
Outside of our families, teachers are perhaps the single most important influence our children will experience growing up. We want to thank you for inspiring our children to be the best they can be while making learning fun. Thank you for not giving up on our children, even when they give up on themselves. Thanks for never losing your enthusiasm for learning and instilling the value of life-long learning in our children. Thank you for your humor and your patience. Thank you for giving our young people your best, even on those days when your own kids were up sick, you graded papers all night so as not to disappoint a class; when you came to school putting on a happy face while grieving the loss of a loved one; after your graduate school professor passed along another brilliant assignment to complete; or when any number of personal issues have come up. Thank you.
Thank you for the pencils, erasers, notebooks and binders you willingly purchase and hand out. Thank you for the endless hours you spend outside of school working, prepping, and studying—all in the name of bettering the learning experience for our kids. Thank you for not being afraid to call home, visit a home, bring over a meal or offer a ride … or a hug.
Many demands have been placed on teachers in recent years due to changes in our educational system in the United States, Illinois and Kaneland. We want to acknowledge that we know it is impossible to do all that you do within the school day, and that we know your dedication to our students remains your top priority, even when it means sacrificing your personal time. While we are hopeful these changes will result in a better educational experience for our children, it is hard to see “better” with all the “best” Kaneland already has.
We know that you all are an example of the saying, “To teach is to touch a life forever,” and we thank you for that commitment.