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#TBT Back-to-school

Kara Sewell with childhood friend Taylor Evans (Provided by Kara Sewell) Kara Sewell with childhood friend Taylor Evans (Provided by Kara Sewell)
Kara Sewell with her brothers Rusty Sewell and Jeremy Sewell (Provided by Kara Sewell) Kara Sewell with her brothers Rusty Sewell and Jeremy Sewell (Provided by Kara Sewell)

In a time when hash tags are as trendy as skinny jeans; ‘Throwback Thursday’ or #tbt is a social media movement I can tolerate and one I participate in often.

We move through life quickly focusing on what’s next, whether it be simple weekend plans or distant future goals. ‘Throwback Thursday’ provides that much needed pause to reflect in the simplest of ways.

This week, I chose a photograph from the first day of sixth grade since so many kiddos are going back to school in the coming weeks.

I was fortunate enough to attend a small, private school called Clay Road Baptist where class sizes hovered around 15 and teachers dedicated themselves as much to the material as they did to developing our character.

Students got detention for saying ‘shut up’ to fellow classmates, enjoyed a full hour of recess (can I get an Amen?!) and teachers taught us how to use a
computer before Apple products were cool.

Mrs. Wheat and Mrs. Down were two of my favorite teachers at CRBS; I credit them for my excellent cursive handwriting and self-motivating attitude. Students might earn an A but with extra credit we could pull an A+, so we did.

I’m not claiming to relish homework as an 11 year-old, and I got detention more times than I care to share. But, I’m grateful for these two teachers who didn’t let me slide, taught me right from wrong and demanded respect.

We spent about as much time behind the desk as we did in gym, music and art class. I’m so grateful to have had a well-rounded education that put me beyond my peers when I went off to high school.

Do you have a favorite teacher? Share your story.

P.S. Remember when your school supply list was half a page? Paper towels, notebooks, backpack, markers and #2 pencils; those were the days.

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