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Warts are gross.

I know this because I had warts on my foot as a kid. Turns out my husband had a few himself. So I don’t know why I was surprised to find warts on my beautiful seven-year-old daughter, but I was.

She has one on her knee and two on her foot.

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I’m not writing to tell you about how we got rid of the warts–she still has them, although they are in the process of dying and hopefully going away forever. (We had them frozen at the pediatrician’s office last week; it was a painful process that she was so brave about. We had tried OTC remedies for quite awhile with no luck and she wanted them gone, so she opted for the freeze-removal method.)

I’m writing about warts because of how anti-climatic warts been for her at school.

Thirty years ago I was seven. I was in her shoes. But I was in a school where kids teased and ridiculed and there was no such thing as anti-bullying campaigns. I’m guessing most parents can relate.

Thirty years ago having warts on your leg made you a target.

But not today. At least, not at my daughter’s school. She’s gone to school wearing shorts for many days now, with a visible wart on her knee, and not once has she come home with a sad story to tell about teasing. The wart is a curiosity for some, for others, it’s a similar experience. It’s a part of life; it’s no big deal. It’s awesome that the school has put programs in place to help kids relate to each other and make schools a true bully-free place.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are still many improvements we can make in education today. There are still bullies. There will always be things we can do better. But I wanted to take a moment and celebrate something that is working and give credit to where credit is due.

It starts with the amazing teachers that interact with our kids hour after hour, day after day. Teachers rock! They care so much about the kids in their classes. Not only do they prepare lessons, but they take time to develop a community and culture in their classrooms. They know our kids and pour into them. They set high standards and our kids live up to them. It is not just another way to get a paycheck.

Teachers, principals, support staff, and everyone else involved in our schools: thank you!

We notice and appreciate you.

We wish you a restful summer filled with learning, new ideas and recharging.


How about it, parents in Grand Rapids (and beyond) – How have your teachers blessed your children this year? Let’s make this an open card to all the wonderful teachers in our community. Leave a comment below and tell us who your child’s teacher was and why you’re thankful for them. You can leave your well-wishes for them as well.

By | 2014-05-27T21:13:37+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: General, Real Life|5 Comments

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Melody V
INFJ. Mom of three. Idea chaser. People believer. Inspiration seeker. Together, we make this city amazing. Let's go!


  1. Joy May 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you to Miss Devries and all the teachers and staff that have taught and interacted with my daughter at Ada Vista Elementary school! You rock! God bless you and your families always!!

  2. Willow Cramer May 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Bushnell Elementary in Lowell~ Mrs. Price is a kindergarten teacher at Bushnell Elementary. She is an amazing teacher. She has such a great spirit! She expects the kids to do great and succeed and helps them in the process and because of that the kids do!! She is always saying what beautiful work they are doing and praising them for their acheivement from the beginning of the year!! I couldn’t ask for a better teacher!! I am so happy I have been able to be so involved and she has invested so much in my daughter!! She is retiring this year 🙁 I am a little sad because my 4 year old won’t have her as a teacher but I am so happy for her and the new journey she is going on!! Thanks for your many years of dedication, Mrs. Price!! You rock and we will miss you!!

  3. Susan May 27, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Byron Center Countryside Elementary~ I just want to give praise where it is due! Mr. Dan Volkers (3rd & 4th grade) has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter now two years in a row! He cares, loves the kids as they were his own and he really gets involved and finds individual ways to stimulate each one in learning! That is when you know you have a great one! All kids are NOT the same and neither are teachers. HE is vested! Simply~ He ROCKS! a huge thank you to him and Mrs. Heather Grosvenor too (1st grade) are such amazing people and teachers! They deserve all the praise! It takes a village to raise a child~

  4. Melissa Rousseau May 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    We are very thankful for Mr. Weber at Hudsonville’s Park Elementary. This is our first year in a big school after my daughter did Kindergarten at a very small parochial school last year. He has been incredible in helping with her transition! She LOVES school and never ever has had a bad word to say about her time there. He is so great at seeing her strengths and really pushing her to be the best at it, while still allowing her the freedom to be a little reserved and to take her time in getting involved. I want him to be the teacher for all my upcoming 1st graders! 🙂

  5. Kate Randall May 26, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Our kids attend South Elementary School in Hudsonville. Mrs. Lokers (1st grade) and Mrs. Vermaire (4th grade) are 2 of the best teachers we have ever encountered! Their commitment to kids, seemingly endless energy, and kind hearts make us feel so lucky. Both of our kids look forward to going to school every day thanks to these wonderful ladies. THANK YOU for all that you do! Kate & Kevin Randall

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