[mdmars_members] Veterans Day thought - a little late but here anyhow

  • From: J Sears <aat3ok@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: AIG-2 <mdmars_members@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:57:37 -0800 (PST)

This was sent to me too late for Veterans day but I am passing this along to 
you anyhow.  This day and age no one thinks of the cost of freedom anymore.

Subject: Fw: The Classroom... A lesson that should be taught in all schools and 

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social 
studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something 
not to be forgotten. 

On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, 
the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of 
her classroom. 

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no 

'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?' 

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to 
sit at a desk.' 

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.' 

'No,' she said. 

'Maybe it's our behavior.' 

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior..' 

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period, 
still no desks in the classroom. 

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's 
classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of 
her room. 

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the 
floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no 
one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit 
at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. 

Now I am going to tell you.' 

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened 

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, 
each one carrying a school desk. 

The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over 
and stand alongside the wall. 

By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started 
to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to 
sit at those desks had been earned. 

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did 
it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in 
them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good 
citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an 
education. Don't ever forget it.' 

By the way, this is a true story. Please consider passing this along so others 
won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by 
U.S. Veterans! 


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