Grown men aren't supposed to cry...and I broke that rule this morning. I just received a powerful note from an 8th grade student coming up from a troubled past. The note said that he was so thankful that I encouraged him to give 110% in track and school and that he can't wait to have me next year as a teacher. I am so glad that this is my prep period- I just got very emotional over this, because this note gave me some much-needed encouragement at the end of a stressful year and completely made ALL of the outside work with this kid completely worth it. We got a really nice gift for Teacher Appreciation Week yesterday, but this note is the best appreciation gift I ever could have received. Wow!