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Teachers often get flak for having summer breaks, holidays and weekends off (Please note, teacher friends, I know the work often continues at home after the school bell concludes classes!). They also get praise and thanks from colleagues, students and students’ parents for their efforts.

It’s nice when a teacher reaches out to help a student get caught up on work, improve grades or address concerns with a parent. I’d like to recognize the latter with this entry.

My daughter woke up Wednesday morning (Jan. 24, 2018) with a stomachache. She still planned to go to school, but rumblings and fear of those rumblings coming up kept her home. I emailed her teachers to inform them of her absence and asked if they could let us of any daily work she would miss and homework assignments. Of the seven teachers contacted, six responded. Each summarized class discussions and work and assignments to complete. A few thanked me for contacting them, and a few also wished Amber well.

I texted my daughter as each reply arrived so she could get started, but I did end up stopping at school after work to get two needed books from her locker.

Think about it, though. Before the internet and other electronic communications, students would have to wait until a sibling or friend brought books and assignments home after school or even wait until they would return to school. I mentioned that to Amber last evening. She was like, “Yeah.” I know, back in the Stone Age … ha ha…

Amber returned to school Friday (Jan. 26, 2018), caught up on her work. For that, I thank her teachers for their timely responses and reaching out to make that happen. It is appreciated!