Today, May 8, is National Teacher Day.
Teachers in Bedford County and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making great public schools for every student.
"Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do, " said Dr. Ray Butrum, Bedford County superintendent of schools. "National Teachers Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility."
"We believe we all have to work together to make our schools even better," said Butrum. "That means everyone in the community. Parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government, and, yes, students. Public schools are the heart of any community. When there are problems, we address them. When there are kudos, we share them.
"Community involvement brings learning to life," he added. "This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other. I ask the community to learn about how we advocate for high standards for students, fair and meaningful evaluations of their work, and resources that go directly to the classroom. Better than an apple or a thank you card, a community's active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community's students would be ample reward for all of us."