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Which Teacher Had the Most Profound Effect on You? - 54
12/15/02     Rev. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
Hello, Classmates,

You may have heard of the two fellows talking about school days, when one asked the other, "John, which of your teachers had the most profound effect on you?"

"That's easy," he said, "Mrs. tompkins in 6th grade turned me around in my studies; challenged me; and helped me set the course for success in life."

"Did you ever write to her and let her know how much she meant to you?"

"No, but I will do it soon."

John's letter said, in part, "Mrs. Tompkins, you were my greatest teacher because of how you made such a difference in my life.....Of course, I suppose you have received many letters of this type from your students over the years, who really appreciated what you meant to them."

Mrs. Tompkins replied, "Dear John, your letter arrived on a cold, dreary day. I read your sweet letter again and again. It's words lifted my spirits and encouraged my heart. Actually, your letter is the only one I have ever received from one of my former students." [END OF STORY]

Classmates of every Mavahi year, I don't know about you, but before these wonderful educators pass off the scene of action, I want to try to contact as many of them as I can to let them know what they meant to me personally. Just two who meant so much to me were Mr. Chester Lane and Coach Husky Hall. I have already contacted them for just this purpose of letting them know what a difference they made in my life.

May I challenge every Mavahi alumni to let these and other good educators know that when it counted most, they made a great difference.

Sincerely,

Rev. David Sparks cdsparks@rjia.net
Class of '62
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