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It's Nice To Be Appreciated

Half way through teacher appreciation week I received my first tokens of gratitude. As a high school teacher, these items seldom appear on my desk. But my elementary students always amaze me with their affection and comments.
Today I received candy, cookies and a couple Dr. Peppers with several big "thank you's". But the one that made me smile the biggest was a handwritten card. In classic fourth grade penmanship, the note read:
Dear Mr. Biddle,
Thank you for all the time and commitment you have put in to teach us kids about advertising, and computers. Thanks for letting A. and I use the big screen! :) It was fun. I look forward to Wednesdays because of computer.

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