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Hello everyone and Happy 2000!

By this time everyone is back in school and ready to start a new year...new millennium.  We just returned from two great state conventions: Texas Dance/Drill Team Educators and Louisiana Dance/Drill Team Association.  They were both very successful with the largest attendance ever at TDDTEA and the inaugural convention for LA*DTDA.  I was honored to be inducted in the Texas Drill Team Hall of Fame at the TDDTEA convention and I am still in awe that I stand with so many people who were my heroes!!  I humbly thank them for this great honor.

I hope that your year is off to a great start and that you have made some special resolutions for yourself and your team that will focus you in the right direction.

Contest season is just around the corner.  If you are needing some tips on preparing for contest, visit our web site for several helpful articles on kicks, motivation and polishing routines. 

I hope that many of your schools and communities have started your own En Croix chapter for dancers in your area.  If you would like to know more about En Croix....visit the web site at www.EnCroix.org

Here is a good one passed along from Mary Beth Kepper in Austin....enjoy it and share it with your favorite teacher.....God Created Teachers.

Continue to have a great week and remember that I always answer all e-mails personally!
Keep in touch,

Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
and the rest of the ADTS office staff

On the 6th day, God created men & women.

On the 7th day, He rested.

Not so much to recuperate, but rather to prepare himself for the work He was going to do the next day.

 For it was on the 8th day that God created the teacher.

This teacher thought taken from among men and women had several  significant modifications.  In general, God made the teacher more durable than  other men and women.

The teacher was made to arise at a very early hour and to go to bed no earlier than 11:30 pm.  With no rest in between.  The teacher  had  to be able to withstand being locked up in an air-tight room  with 35  little monsters on a rainy Monday.  And the teacher had to be fit to correct 103 term papers over Easter vacation.

Yes, God made the teacher tough - but gentle too.  The teacher was equipped with soft hands to wipe away the tears of the neglected and  lonely student... of those of the 16 year old girl who was not asked to  the prom.

And into the teacher God poured a generous amount of patience.  Patience when a student asks to repeat the directions the teacher has just repeated for someone else.

Patience when the kids forget their lunch money for the 4th day in a  row.  Patience when 1/3 of the class fails the test.  Patience when  the text books haven't arrived yet, and the semester starts  tomorrow.

And God gave the teacher a heart slightly bigger than the average  human heart.  For the teacher's heart had to be big enough to love  the kid who screams, "I hate this class-it's boring!" and to love  the kid who  runs out of the class at the end of the period without so much as a good  bye or a thank you.

And lastly, God gave the teacher an abundant supply of hope.  For  God knew that the teacher would always be hoping.  Hoping that  the students would one day learn to spell... Hoping not to have  lunchroom  duty...hoping that Friday would come...  hoping for a  free day... hoping for  deliverance.

When God finished creating the teacher, he stepped back and  admired the work of his hands.  And God saw that the teacher was good.  Very  Good.

And God smiled, for when he looked at the teacher, he saw into  the  future.  He knew that the future is in the hands of the  teachers.

And because God loves teachers so much, on the 9th day God created "SNOW DAYS"

  Author Unknown


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