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Everyday a hero is honored

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Teachers are everyday heroes that rarely get recognized or even thanked for their outstanding work and efforts. The students in Miss Meribeth Adams' fourth grade class at Roosevelt Elementary decided to do something about it.

They nominated Adams for the "Totally Awesome Teacher" award and she won. KPTH Fox 44 in Sioux City and local Taco John's were having a contest to find a teacher who was totally awesome in every way. They asked students to write an essay about why they think their teacher is totally awesome.

They asked the students to write an essay about why they think their teacher is totally awesome. Students from Adams' class say they were told about the contest by classmate, Hunter Eaton, who wanted to know if they would like to turn the essays in as a class. Of course, they all said yes.

The class kept it secret and on Friday, May 12, Val Woods and Deb Hyndman of the Cherokee Taco John's came to Miss Adams with an award stating that she was the "Totally Awesome Teacher".

Students were asked to read their essays to Adams. Some of the students who got to read their essays "on air" were Abby Lubeck, Kaitlyn Miller, Hanna Benningsdorf, Hunter Eaton, and Cassy Joines.

Each student described all the things that makes Adams so special. They mentioned the fun games she has to help teach, the store rewards for good behavior, how she helps them when they are having trouble, helping the community, being there when they need to talk, and worrying about them all the time.

The students then got to film a commercial for KPTH. Karyn Miller, marketing assistant for Pappas Telecasting, said that they have been running this contest for six years. The essays are judged by the whole staff at KPTH, with each staff member voting on their top three. The essay with the most votes is chosen.

In this case, Miller says, it was not a difficult choice. The essays from the students in Adams' class stood out. There was an essay from everyone in the class and it was put together in a decorated book they had done up with their own certificate for her, ribbons, pictures, and a copy of each of their essays.

The class ended their day with Adams' annual Parade of Biographies, where the students in her reading group act out the person in the biography that they have chosen to read. The biographies are always fun for the students and parents. Congratulation to Meribeth Adams for being a "Totally Awesome Teacher" and for a job well done.

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