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With lives being hectic these days, it's easy to take many things for granted . . . our schools and teachers included. I, for one, would like to acknowledge and pay special tribute to a sixth grade teacher at Crescent Elementary School in Sandy. Her name: LeeAnn Palmer. Her commitment to her students stretches far beyond the classroom.

In addition to a full day of teaching and a full evening of lesson planning and assignment corrections, you would think that most teachers would cherish those few precious free moments to be alone. Not Palmer. She recently spent much of her own free time with her students teaching them country dance steps and line dancing. They all put on a program for the parents and the student body that was most enjoyable. In addition, a recent Lagoon day for the graduates of the D.A.R.E. program found Palmer with a swarm of her students enjoying the rides, the games and one another's company. She has really touched the kids' lives in a way that no textbook can.Thanks, Miss Palmer; your love of education both in and out of the classroom is sincerely appreciated by us parents. As a wise, but anonymous author once wrote: "One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove or the sort of house you lived in, but the world may be a better place if you were important in the life of a child."

Steve K. George