As I think I posted a while back, my daughter won a state-wide writing contest for fifth and sixth graders. So much money for her school, so much for her room. Quite an honor. Tonight, at the school board meeting, she and several other students were given their awards. Not just from her school, but the other schools in the district. Students from kindergarden to the senior year. Important enough that the local newspaper was covering it. A gathering of some of the top students in the county. One young lady was awarded a $167,000.00 scholarship. What an honor! Many of these students and their parents, we know from other activitys. As my daughter walked across the stage toward her principal, her teacher, to receive her official paper, read to her by the school board president I was once again awed by the amazing people who are in my daughters life today. What role models! On the way to the meeting we stopped by the fire department, where she is treated as family. Parade and bean dinner this weekend, she rides the truck. At the meeting, I once again thought of her teachers. Every one she's ever had. My wife and I know them all by name, and they us. If I could hand pick her teachers I couldn't pick a better, more dedicated bunch. As proud of I am of my daughter, this post isn't really about her, or the award. But about the awesome role models in her life. All her A's...wouldn't be there without those teachers behind her. These role models are teaching her things that aren't in the books, as they lead by example in giving back to the community. To learn to actually be a valuable part of the community...that's worth it all. So to all the teachers out there who have educated, and guided, our children throughout this year...tonight, my hat is off to you. What an awesome job you all do.