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A Powerful Send-Off

Goosebumps ahead… PNBHS Students pay tribute to their fallen rugby coach and teacher Dawson Tamatea. Thousands of high school students in New Zealand performed a traditional haka dance as a send-off for a beloved teacher who died. Video shows at least 1,700 students from Palmerston North Boys’ High School on the country’s North Island performing the dance at the funeral service of Dawson Tamatea, who died on July 20. He was a physical education and mathematics teacher at the school for almost 30 years, a spokeswoman told ABC News. What a send off for this beloved teacher.  ”We are extremely proud of our boys’ performance and we know that Mr. Tamatea would be, too,” the school wrote on its website. Haka is an ancestral war dance performed by the Maori people of New Zealand. The rugby team “All Blacks” are famous for performing the dance before their games. ”This complex dance is an expression of the passion, vigour and identity of the race,” according to a description on the All Blacks’s website, and “a custom of high social importance in the welcoming and entertainment of visitors.” According to the school, Tamatea was also involved in my extra curricular activities and sports, including tennis, basketball, and softball teams at the school.Mr. Tamatea’s passing will be difficult for many young men with whom he has had a close association as either a teacher, coach, manager or camp leader, as well as for many of our teachers who have known him for a long period of time. How wonderful to see the respect these young men had for their teacher.  RIP Mr. Tamatea.

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He Helps the Homeless in an Amazing Way

This is an amazing story about a retired Minnesota teacher known as the ‘Sandwich Man’ who is dedicating every day of his life the helps the homeless.  Allen Law has dedicated his life to helping the homeless in Minneapolis.  He retired from work as a teacher to start his new career providing for people who need help.  He goes out each night driving a van taking what is needed to the people who need it the most.  Does he do it alone?  No but without his help it wouldn’t get done. 363 is the number on the side of his van.  ”That number represents the days that most people don’t think of the poor”says Allen.  ”I will be out there every night”.  There  is no stopping him.  He hands out sandwiches, bus tokens, socks and other necessities.  He uses what he has and what others share with him to make this happen. Like his brother who offered for him to use his apartment while he was away and Allen filled it with socks, blankets and storage of other donations. That is not to mention his own house and the 17 freezers that hold the sandwiches that the churches and civic organizations make for him. Over 700,00 sandwiches which he drops off at homeless shelters.  He is a special kind of man.  Thank you Allen for your dedication.  You are amazing.

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He helps the homeless in Amazing ways

Amazing Teacher gets surprise on Ellen

A kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico went to the Ellen show.  She thought she was just there to enjoy the show.  That was until Ellen called out her name.  Sonya Romero was being recognized by Ellen for her actions.   She spends the first hour of each day making sure her students have had breakfast, are wearing clean clothes and have brushed their teeth.  She feels like teachers are like “first responders” caring for their students. She tells about two students that needed help when Child Protective Services came to the school.  They had no where to go so she took in the children and they are still with her for six months now.  She has taken these children into her home as foster children.  Her students love her so much they sent her a video message of how much she means to them.  She spends her own money to buy things for her students and for her school.  Ellen even heard that a good samartan gave her $100 to help with the kids but she gave it to a lady that she met on the beach that was crying and needed help.  Ellen then let’s her know that she is giving her $10,000 to help with the kids and that Target was giving her school $10,000 also.  Way to go Sonya.  Thisis the kind of teacher our kids need.

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A Teacher for a Town Within a Building

Erika Thompson is a teacher.  Not just any teacher but a teacher in a town within a building.  This is Whittier, Alaska.  It is a very interesting story of a town that is entirely inside of a building.  The grocery store is in the building.  The city offices are in the building.  Everyone in this town lives inside this building. This town is an hour out of Anchorage.  Some people go into Anchorage but they must be back to town before the tunnel closes that go to the town.  If they get there after the tunnel closes they have to sleep in their cars.  Some people never leave the building.  They have everything they need to survive inside the building.  With the weather they have everything inside.   The wonderful part of this story is the community that develops between the people who live in this town.  She tells of how the kids feel about the school. She has these kids for years so they really know and love her like another mother.  What a wonderful relationship she has with these kids.  You have to believe that this helps them with their education.  How many of us would knew that there was a town inside a building here in the United States.  It looks like an amazing community of people.

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A teacher for a town within a builiding