I recently had the honor of presiding over the 30-year reunion of Columbia High School’s class of 1984. It was a chance not only to catch up on all that our classmates have achieved, but also to reunite with many of our teachers, counselors and administrators.
As a grandchild, child and brother of three generations of school teachers, I can attest to the time and dedication our teachers give in support of their students as well as how important they are to all of us. Even 30 years later, those same teachers, some now moving a little slower than when we knew them years ago, gave of their free time to come spend an evening with the students they helped mold.
The environment we shared at Columbia High was one filled with positive energy both in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts, and it bred success that has allowed many of my classmates and me to become productive citizens and to contribute to society in many ways. Listening to those success stories was eye-watering, as we all reminisced about our lives over the past 30 years. However, I believe the ones who got the most satisfaction out of those stories were those who helped make it all possible: those teachers, counselors and administrators. Watching the smiles on their faces as they listened with pride to the stories of their students was definitely a highlight of my weekend.
Here’s to our teachers, counselors and administrators who put in the extra hours, days and weeks for their students. Thank you to all of you who attended as well to those of you who were there for us at Columbia High but couldn’t attend our reunion. And thank you too for all the other teachers at the many schools throughout Columbia and the rest of the state, for continuing to mold and shape the future of America.
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It’s because of the positive energy and environment that you help to foster and the hard work and dedication that you continually give to your students and your schools that we have all been able to succeed. Thank you for what you do.
Capt. Dana R. Gordon
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