A Veterans Day Lesson You Should Never Forget!

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A Veterans Day Lesson You Should Never Forget!

In September of 2005, a social studies schoolteacher from Arkansas did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal, and the building supervisor, she took all the desks out of the classroom. The kids came into first period. They walked in - 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 replied.

"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 desk-less 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 opened it. Twenty-seven (27) 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. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

Veterans Day

Be sure to thank a Veteran today.


Alan Gross

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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Veteran's Day 2006We should thank  all of the brave men and women who have served our proud nation today and every day!  This is a great story and glad you shared it with us today.

Nov 11, 2016 02:56 AM #1
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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This is a wonderful story and important lesson for all of us.

Nov 11, 2016 03:07 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Alan: An incredible lesson and reminder of the sacrifices so many who have, are, and will serve our country are/will make on our behalf.

Nov 11, 2016 05:54 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great story Alan. We appreciate every day the sacrifices made by our brave men & woman who serve & have served that protect our freedoms every day. Thank you Veterans!

Nov 11, 2016 06:17 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Alan Gross - this story gave me the chills. It's such an important lesson that I hope it gets featured. I'm glad Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® re-blogged it too; otherwise, I wouldn't have read it today. Truly, it went straight to my heart and made this day even more special than usual. God bless the veterans and the USA! 

Nov 11, 2016 08:16 AM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We tend to take a lot for granted and only think of what we believe we should have when we don't have it.  I have earned my desk after 6 years of service

Nov 11, 2016 11:19 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year. I am so glad we got to meet earlier this year and hope you have a productive 2017.

Dec 30, 2016 06:55 AM #7
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

Debbie Reynolds  Wishing you a fantastic New Year. I'm glad we had the opportunity to meet. I look forward to keeping in touch.

Dec 30, 2016 07:06 AM #8
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