Our Weekly Message for October 8, 2003

Greetings special friends,

I hope your week is going well. Be watching for the fall issue of The Line with our contest dates and registration forms. You can also resource all of our contest rules and regulations as well as a pre-registration form at our web site.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Nothing big ever came from being small." unknown

"We didn't inherit the Earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children." Chief Seattle (1788-1866) Suquamish/Duwamish Chief

If you start your day with these four questions,
you will make every day a more productive day:
1. What is the best thing that can happen today?
2. What is the worst thing that can happen today?
3. What can I do today to make sure that the best thing does happen?
4. What can I do today to make sure that the worst thing doesn't happen?

With cooler weather around the corner, it will be time to wear your letterman jackets. If you have not already ordered patches for your jackets, you can download an order form from our ADTS Order Request page on our web site. We have all of our patches in stock and can ship them right away.

The Texas Dance Educators Association will hold it's annual convention in Houston January 7-10, 2004. Make sure to check your state or national association for upcoming conventions or meetings in your state.

Here are a few links:
Arkansas Drill/Dance Team Association
Colorado HSAA
Dance/Drill Team Directors of America
IHSDTA - Indiana High School Dance Team
Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association
Missouri Drill Team Assoc.
New Mexico Activities Association
North Dakota Association of Dance and Drill Team
Texas Dance Educators

If we have missed a web site for your state association, please send us a link to add to our web site.

For resources on over 75 companies and other teams, visit our ADTS Links Page.

Teachers are underrated and underpaid for the incredible work they do each day. They are counselors, surrogate parents, supervisors, listeners, doers, nurses, and much more than just teachers. There is an interesting passage that was sent to me this summer. I hope that you take time to read it and share it.

Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


A Tribute To Teachers

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued: "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminded the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers: "Those who can: do. Those who can't: teach."

To corroborate, he said to another guest: "You're a teacher, Susan," he said. "Be honest. What do you make?"

Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, "You want to know what I make?"

"I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the student did not do his or her very best."
"I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence."
"I can make parents tremble in fear when I call home."
"You want to know what I make?"
"I make kids wonder."
"I make them question."
"I make them criticize."
"I make them apologize, and mean it."
"I make them write."
"I make them read, read, read."
"I make them spell "definitely and beautiful," over, and over, again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again."
"I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on their final drafts in English."
"I elevate them to experience music and art and joy in the performance, so their lives are rich, full of kindness and culture, and they take pride in themselves and their accomplishments."
"I make them understand that if you have the brains, then follow your heart...and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention."
"You want to know what I make?
I make a difference.
What do you make?"


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