Tuesday, September 29, 2009

~ PRAYERS NEEDED ... & Martha Cothren & Our Heroes ..... ~

*** PRAYERS are needed for Terry & her husband who was in an accident ... @ terrytreasures.blogspot.com. ***


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 the permission of the
school superintendent, the principal and
the building supervisor, she removed all
of the desks out of her classroom. When
the first period kids entered the room
they discovered that there were no

Looking around, confused, they asked,
'Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk
until you tell me what you have done
o earn the right to sit at a desk.' They
thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

Maybe it's our behavior.' She told them,
'No, it's not even your behavior.

And so, they came and went, the first
period, second period, third period.
Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news
crews had started gathering in Ms.
Cothren's classroom to report about
this crazy teacher who had taken all
the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and
as the puzzled students found seats
on the floor of the deskless classroom.
Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the
day no one has been able to tell me
just what he/she has done to earn
the right to sit at the desks that are
ordinarily found in this classroom.
Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went
over to the door of her classroom
and opened it. Twenty-seven (27)
U.S. Veterans,
all in uniforms, walked into that
class-room, each one carrying a
school desk. The Vets began
placing the school desks
in rows, and then they would walk
over and stand alongside the wall.

By the time the last soldier had set the
inal desk in place those kids started to
understand, perhaps for the first time
in their lives, just how the right to sit at
those desks had been earned.

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right
o sit at these desks. These heroes did
it for you. They placed the desks here
for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them.
It is your responsibility to learn, to be
good students, to be good citizens. They
paid the price so that you could have
the freedom to get an education.
Don't ever forget it.'

God Bless America -- and Our Veterans!!

What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran,' whether active duty,
discharged, retired,
or reserve is 'someone who, at one
point in his life,
wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United
States of America,' for an amount
of 'up to and
including his life.'

That is honor, and there are way
too many people
in this country today who no longer
understand that fact.

(I checked with Snopes.com & this is
factual ... she deserves
a huge accolade for doing this!)


  1. Marydon, that is a wonderful story! My daddy who passed away a little over a year ago was a Colonel in the United States Army and WWII vet... I loved all of his wonderful stories about his friends in the Service, and they all remained friends for life... I still go visit the few remaining friends that were in his unit... thanks for this inspiring post! I'm sure my daddy is reading it in Heaven as well... ( I KNOW he follows my blog!)... Bisous... Julie Marie

  2. Thank you for taking time to bring our attention to this subject. My father served 27 years ih the army and fought in three wars. My younger brother was a pilot and gave his life for our country during Vietnam. Thank you vetrans.

  3. BRAVO, Mrs. Cothren!!
    Our veterans deserve our upmost respect and many, many thanks...every single day.
    Thank you Marydon for posting this outstanding article and THANK YOU from one PROUD American Citizen to another...

    May God Bless America.


    ~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

  4. This is awesome and amazing!! Thank God for great teachers and for our veterans who keep us safe and protect our freedom everyday. I especially like the fact that she tied in the student's responsibility to learn and educate themselves so that the soldiers' sacrifices aren't in vain!

  5. Thank you for posting this - it is so true -but getting young people to see the truth when so many of them come with the attitude of the world owes them something-I wish more could see this example in real life.Plus, it takes a special teacher to pull this off. I have one friend who really puts her heart and soul into teaching her kids and I have another friend who tells me that such action is just wasted time and effort. It is up to each individual to choose.I believe our kids are our futures and I HATE to see them wasted.

  6. Great story! That was a creative teacher who taught those kids an important lesson that they will never forget.

  7. Great story! We need more teachers like this, to not just teach the abc's, but to mold character!

  8. Thanks for adding Terry's prayer needs. It may be a long recovery for her husband.

  9. Wonderful salute to our wonderful military and military veterans, Marydon. We owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude. I will be praying for Terry and her husband. Vicki

  10. That is very moving, what a wonderful teacher. They will never forget that lesson.

  11. Great and touching story! We all need to remember to appreciate our veterans!

  12. Hi Marydon,

    What a wonderful and touching story and one, these children would have for the rest of their lives.

    Happy week

  13. I am praying for Terry & her husband. That is so sad. Boy did you make me sit on the edge of my seat with that story. We take so much for granted. Thank you for reminding us with this story.

  14. Wow! That is such a great idea! I am sure she made such an impact on those kids. What a neat teacher she is. What she did was true, our soldiers have done so much for us and we all need to be truly grateful.

    Hugs, Sharon

  15. Wow, that is such a touching story. Kudos to those teachers who still teach patriotism and love of others.

  16. Wow very moving story! What a great teacher.
    Praying for Terry and her family also. What a tragedy!

  17. Thankyou for coming by today, and then for the heads up for Terry and her husband. They are certainly in my prayers!

  18. Hi: I wanted to tell you I looked at Terry's blog and will of course, pray. It is wonderful that even in cyber space, the Body of Christ can come together and pray for one another. I sorry I could not read your post today because of the color of the print. It sounds like it was lovely. I will come back soon. Blessings, Martha

  19. Great story about an outstanding teacher. We pray for healing.

    There is something for you, Marydon, over on String Too Short to Tie.

  20. Thank you for your wonderful story and tribute to our veterans. We must never forget their heroism and dedication!
    (I will remember Terry and her husband in my prayers too. Thank you for that link. I will go there next.)

    Marydon, I'm also having a BLOGOVERARY GIVEAWAY and since I know you already own a copy of the book gift I'm offering in the giveaway...I just want you to know that, if you are the winner, you will have a choice to take that book or another gift to be decided on. So please come on over and enter. (Of course, all are welcome!)

  21. ~Wonderful story Marydon. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

    I'll be sure and pray for Terry as well. How sad.

    ~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa ;)

  22. The school where my great-nephew goes has a big Veteran's Day program each year, inviting all the local veterans to take part (and they do, year after year). The elementary kids sing the different songs from each branch of the military and the veterans join them on stage, in their uniforms. It is wonderful!

  23. Marydon,
    Thanks for this wonderful story. My nephew is a veteran of the US Army after two tours of duty in Iraq. My brother is a Vietnam vet, several of my uncles served in WWII. I support our veterans and really liked this posting.

  24. Being a retired Special Ed teacher, this story really touched my heart. What a valuable lesson for the students in that classroom. The shall never forget the day without desks and the meaning behind it. I will most certainly add Terry to my prayer list.

    Have a good day, lovely lady!!!

  25. What a wonderful story! Sooo true, also. I will pray for Terry tonight at church.

  26. Wow, Marydon, I learn so much from my fellow bloggers! I had never heard of this lady. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our veterans. They have fought for their lives and ours in order for us to sustain our way of life.
    hugs, Sue

  27. Wonderful post!!
    I will pray for Terry, too.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


  28. Yes, she truly does! Has my admiration!

  29. WOW what a great story!! Those kids will remember that forever, great lesson.
    Prayers for Terry too.
    Thanks for the visit!

  30. Marydon, Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. I love the story about the school desks. I'll keep an eye on your blog, too. It's raining here but it's nice.

  31. I would love to shake this woman's hand. My brother is currently serving in Afghanistan and has done 2 previous tours in Iraq. I don't feel that people pay near enough respect to our vets. I am proud (and worried) that my brother is in the Army.