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Letters to the editor – Saturday (5-9-09)

Masonry students can build on success at state competion
Each year, masonry students practice for the biggest competition in the state. They work hard in class and after school. They start at the first of school and practice up to the day before the competition, which is usually in April. This year was no different, except they were almost denied the chance to go because of funding. Fundraisers were cut out at school by the cafeteria program. No drinks or candy could be sold during class for fear of hurting cafeteria sales.
With the cost between $1,500 and $2,000.00 for rooms and registration, the masonry classes had to find funding elsewhere. Thanks to the Booster clubs for coming to the rescue. The masonry classes have always helped build projects around the schools, saving the school system tons of money. So the Booster clubs were glad to help out. Then, three days before the contest, the state cut off funding for field trips and competitions. Our director, Mrs. McDuffy, said we would have to cancel the trip. The vocational department has always paid for the teachers’ rooms, subs, travel, meals and registration. With the state stopping funding, she could not do these things this year. The masonry teachers asked whether we could go if we paid our own expenses. Mrs. McDuffy agreed and thanked us for being so dedicated to our students.
Finally, we were on our way, with 21 students competing and 10 observing. The Skills USA VICA competition was in Greensboro, with 98 masonry students competing. When the three-hour contest was over, Drew Miller from South Rowan took fifth place, Jake Smith from West Rowan placed sixth, Jordan Corriher from South was seventh and Joseph Benett from West was eighth. All the hard work paid off. The students that get to go back next year are already fired up and can’t wait to start practicing.
ó Ronnie Miller
South Rowan High
Ronnie Miller is a masonry instructor with the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
Teacher Appreciation
The week of May 3-9 is National Teacher Appreciation week and I would like to say thank you to all teachers. I know the hard work you do preparing, delivering, managing, maintaining,creating, saving, stretching, molding, loving and caring every day of your students’ lives. I commend you for making children a priority in your life ó not your own, but the children of others.
Every person owes a debt of gratitude and respect to you for educating their child. You bear a tremendous responsibility because your efforts can be thwarted if not carried through after the child leaves the classroom. I encourage you to keep on keeping on in what you do in the classroom. I can say I know what it takes to be a teacher: My wife has taught school for many years and my daughter has just started her teaching career. Please love and care for the child because you will make a difference.
ó Steve Kale
Salisbury
A wonderful educator
I just wanted to write to say how much I appreciate Jennier Jarem at East Rowan High School. She is a wonderful teacher, and all the kids relate to her. My daughter also had her at Erwin Middle School. Now, my son has her at East. She talks and teaches on a level that the kids can understand. She is available to answer any questions you have concerning your child.
I just wanted to show her recognition for taking the time with my child to get to know him and make the class fun and interesting. The recent poetry slam was great. Keep up the good work.
Mr. Sparger, you have a great teacher there; hope her attitude rubs off on more students and staff.
ó Denene W. Johnson
Rockwell

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