"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Henry Adams said that. As an American historian and part of the Adams political family as a descendant of two U.S. presidents, he knew about the influence of education, teachers and schools.
Teachers hold a special place in the lives of children, well beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. They can teach basic humanity.
Third-graders at the Center Montessori Schools learned a lifelong lesson in compassion and humility with a tour of Turning Points this week. Those students witnessed first-hand a community's essential services to the homeless by visiting the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Those kids also raised $500 and donated the money to center services.
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Schools should be in the business of molding not just educated citizens but people who understand and appreciate everyone outside their own world. Even a short tour of the amazing Turning Points can create a lifelong impression that one day could lead to a substantial contribution to the betterment of mankind by just a single individual.
Kudos to Center Montessori Schools. And every teacher who instills a deeper understanding of how the world really works outside of a smart phone.