Folks, I am once again posting a story I received via my AOL mail account. I get these from time to time, but only recently have I shared any. This is a case where I didn’t write it (and I don’t know who did, because if I did I would give them credit), I can’t vouch that it’s 100 percent true (and again I don’t care it’s the thought that counts, but it is in fact true details below), and my style of writing is not elegant enough to convey this message. But one thing for certain, I served in the US Navy for 9 years active duty, and I was so proud to serve our my country that when I left the Navy I sought out a job working for the Federal Government, which I was lucky enough to get. There I spent the next 30 years of my life, retiring from US Government service after almost 40 years. I am so so very proud to have had the honor of working for Our Government. The flag they gave me is proudly displayed here on my desk.
I said all that as set up for this wonderful story. Makes me damn glad to be a veteran.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a
Military History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, AK did
something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the
permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the
building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’
She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right
to sit at a desk.’
They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’
‘No,’ she said.
‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’
She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period.
Still no desks in the classroom.
Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early
afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to
report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and
Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes
did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway
around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers
and families so you could have the freedom you have.
Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to
be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could
have the freedom to get an education. don’t ever forget it.’
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Veterans of
Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006. She is
the daughter of a WWII POW.
Please consider passing this along so others won’t forget either that the
freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans. Always remember them and the rights they have won for us. Blessings abound in the USA!
Folks I am not totally lazy, LOL, only a little bit. I did some research and this story is in fact 100 percent true. I also suspect that more than likely 95 percent of you are not repeat not seeing it for the 1st time. Smiling, but you are seeing it for the 1st time from me. Below is some supporting documentation from truthorfiction.com
The story is true.
The text of the eRumor is taken from a speech given by former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2007. It describes events in Cothren’s Military History class in 2005.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars chose Cothren as a Teacher of the Year in Arkansas for 2005-2006.