Best School Day
"Education is everything."
The actor said his teachers "probably believed in me more than I believed in myself."
"I loved my education in the Chattanooga school system."
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"Having a good education has opened so many different doors for me."
He looked back on his best school day memory and shared how he's helping schools in his area.
"Teachers are working so hard, so hard, to educate our youth," Dwight Howard said.
When our public schools are underfunded, teachers and students pay the price. Teachers spend an average of $500 out of pocket each year on projects, supplies, trips and tools because they know students deserve to see adults investing in their educational experiences.
Ms. Napolitano, my daughter's fourth-grade science teacher, could have simply explained "force equals mass times acceleration" on a whiteboard. Instead, she had her students make marshmallow catapults and discover Newton's first law for themselves -- to the profound chagrin of the kids who missed that particular class.
A few years back, a friend introduced me to DonorsChoose.org. Living in California, I was excited to learn that I could choose a teacher and classroom project from my home state, and could help a West Virginia teacher get what they needed for their classroom. It gave me the chance to "pay it forward."
When I picked up a trumpet for the first time, it seemed as if I was picking up shiny metal tubes molded together, but in actuality I was picking up the gateway to my future. I bonded with my teachers who pushed me beyond self-imposed limits and I learned lessons that shaped the woman I am today.