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Class of 1962 Message List
Which Teacher Had the Most Profound Effect on You? - 9
12/09/02     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: Mrs. Tompkins in 6th grade turned me around in my studies; challenged me; and helped me set my course for success in life."
"Did you ever write her and let her know how much she meant to you?" "No, but I will do it soon."
The letter he wrote 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 dozens of letters over the years from former students, like me, 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, 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.

May I challenge all of us to let these good folks know that when it counted most, they made a great difference.
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