Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It's Teacher Appreciation Week

Don't you love when people take the time to express their gratitude for the efforts you have made on their behalf? We seem to live in a world that demands more and more of us, yet takes a lot less time acknowledging the positive contributions that we make.  This is especially true when it comes to our teachers.  These brave men and women selflessly dedicate their time and talents to build a brighter future for all of us.  Teaching can be a thankless job, but let's not allow that to happen.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why apples are associated with teachers? has a great article that shares the history behind this tradition and we'd like to spotlight a couple of those ideas.  Since the 16th century apples have been associated with the teaching experience of variety, change and even growth.  Without nurture and care an apple tree would not live up to its full potential.  The same is true with our children.  Our teachers take those little seedlings and through consistent nurturing help them blossom and develop into full grown, fruitful trees.

Did you know that many dentists refer to apples as nature's toothbrush?  The benefits of apple consumption includes stimulating the gums and increasing the saliva in your mouth which reduces and fights plaque.  Including apples, as well as celery and carrots in your child's lunch gives them an added layer of protection against the battle of cavities that rages each day in your child's mouth.  Why not share this same natural wonder with your favorite teacher for teacher appreciate week?  Let your child's teacher know how much you appreciate the hard work he or she performs on behalf of your child.

We all desire a plentiful harvest at the end of each growing season and it is no different with our children.  Teachers and parents alike work in tandem to produce the best results.  Our futures will be bright as we make the effort to thank those who work tirelessly day to day in the trenches with our children.

Each one of us in our office fondly recalls a teacher or two that inspired us to be greater than we imagined we could be.  What would our world be like without teachers?  We hope we all will reach out and say thank you to a teacher who has made a difference in our lives today.

We salute you teachers!  

Dr. Dennis W. Clark & Team
(541) 451- 1440

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