How schools give children vital life lessons on helping others

"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.

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.

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