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Julie Wurth’s column on the value of teachers reminded me of something I often say, “Teachers saved my life.”

Growing up in a very difficult family, I found affirmation and recognition of my value in their kindness and attention.

When children are starving for emotional sustenance, even a small bit — a smile, a good word, an orderly classroom — can mean the difference between emotional life and death.

If you haven’t thanked the teachers that made a difference in your life, now is a good time, as they return to the classroom.

KAREN RABBITT

Urbana

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