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Letter to the Editor: Teachers needed in fight for betterment of kids more than ever

Letter to the Editor: Teachers needed in fight for betterment of kids more than ever

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Many of us had “that teacher.” You know, that one who we will never forget because they were the one to instill in us the love of learning, to teach us that life lesson that got us where we are today or to love us when everything else seemed wrong. I think that we can all agree that we need our teachers. Desperately. I know many of you became teachers because of “that teacher.”

Now, we need you more than ever!

A few years ago we proudly stood with our teachers during the #redfored movement because we knew how important our teachers are and that they deserved more, much more. We were happy to fight for what you deserve. Now, as parents, we need you teachers to stand with us to fight for our children, your students, because they deserve more, so much more! They need you! They need “that teacher” that will be there to motivate them when they think they can’t, that will help them when things are hard and will love them because they really know them.

Please stand with us for the kids who can’t! Fight for the 11-year-old who is in charge of his own learning and his little sister’s because both of their parents work essential daytime jobs. Fight for the special needs teenager who wants to find his own way in this world, but whose opportunities are diminishing because his life skills classes have all been canceled. Fight for the middle-schooler who just can’t find a reason to get out of her bed in the morning. Fight for the kindergartener who wants to learn to read, but has no internet and her mom works two jobs to pay the bills. Fight for the kids who are increasingly only feeling hopelessness and frustration. And yes, fight for my kids too. They want to learn. They need to see you.

Please be “that teacher" to hundreds of Flagstaff children who are falling through the cracks. Stand with us to open our schools and give our kids the education they deserve! #letusin

KELLIANNE FOX

Flagstaff

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