THE CLASSROOM is like railroad tracks. Hard workers spent years, decades—centuries even—laying the groundwork for the trains to run smoothly from coast to coast. They’re strong. And they last for many years to come, as train after train uses the same beams of steel toward progress. Moving slowly at first, the trains eventually pick up speed. Then they’re unstoppable. The momentum carries on beyond state borders, carrying supplies to allow growing room for the next generation. As rust covers the steel, we discover new ways to correct it and make it new. The same is true for our local schools.
But it isn’t the trains or the railroad tracks that keep everything running. Without the workers placing the steel and driving the train, we have nothing. Just like teachers in our classrooms, the legacy carries on. It expands the knowledge and development of generations to come. The same teacher in a classroom may impact the lives of hundreds of students—students who go on to make the world a better place. From a student in Kindergarten playing with Play-Doh who finally reaches the destination of being a nurse who saves lives, without the instructors and conductors, the Play-Doh can never move forward into a stethoscope.
That legacy holds true for the classrooms in our schools. Those classrooms are the birthplace of legacy, put there by the educators in our communities. Our educators use their legacy to make the world a better place for their students. Then, those students carry that legacy on to do the same thing. This issue of Good News is for them: students who became teachers, then teachers who became legacies. We thank you. GN