At one point or another, we all had that teacher who demanded more and saw something in us that we could not, or would not see, in ourselves. Good enough wasn’t good enough, and the papers were often handed back covered in red ink. It may have been tough then, but that teacher may welcome your thanks today for setting a higher bar. Today is National Teachers Day, a time to look at the profession and the challenges faced by today’s teachers. Dennis Van Roekel is the president of the 3 million-member National Education Association, who hopes teachers will hear from former students today.
Jet Duval, a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton, MA is served lunch by Mass.Teachers Assoc. President Paul Toner ( on left) and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon is to the left of Toner.
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited a western Massachusetts school today to highlight a growing initiative that is giving more than half-a-million children across the county access to locally grown food.
On the lunch menu Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton was chili with brown rice, or a chicken patty on a whole wheat roll. At the end of the cafeteria line children could help themselves to corn, green beans and sliced oranges.