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the importance of our troops. With the mumblings of harry reed and the squeelings of nanacy pelosi and their attempts at slamming the President, thanks to teachers like Martha Cothren.

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little
Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school,
with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the
building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no desks.
They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?"

And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn
They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
"No," she said.
"Maybe it's our behavior."
And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the
classroom. Second period, same thing, third period. By early afternoon
television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out
about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the

The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were
at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And
she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you
earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now
I'm going to tell you."

Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it,
and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into
that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those
school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the
time they had finished placing those desks, those kids for the first
time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those

Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it
for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit
here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens,
because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget

Sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have
are freedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of
ordinary people who did extraordinary things, who loved this country
more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid
at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for
you and me to enjoy this great land we call home, this wonderful
nation that we better love enough to protect and preserve with the
kind of conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great

"We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave"

Remember our Troops...and never forget their sacrifice on our behalf.


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From Snopes.Com which notes that this story is happily true:
In May 2005, she (Martha Cothren) and her class organized a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Week, including an official "Thank You Ceremony" held in the Joe T. Robinson High School auditorium. Veterans from World War II and the Korean War also attended, as did people from all walks of life, to honor those who had served. During that week, students videotaped veterans as they recounted their war memories, thus preserving their stories for later generations.

Cothren and her students have sent numerous care packages to U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also write letters to soldiers in those theaters, sending off 1,200 missives in 2005-2006. (The tally for 2006-2007 won't be available until the end of the school year.)

In 2006 the Veterans of Foreign Wars named Martha Cothren their "Teacher of the Year."
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