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December 10, 2016
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I believe the children are our future

The closing ceremonies at the NYSTEA conference showcased this student performance of a dance routine from the Broadway show “Newsies.”

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be—Giddy with joy, the atmosphere of the closing ceremony elicited hoots, hollers and thunderous applause as some of the chosen few delivered monologues (written during the conference), won raffle prizes and showcased choreography learned in the process. After raising more than $3,000 for “Broadway Cares” (www.broadwaycares.org), the kids exchanged numbers while hugging it out. “I can’t believe it’s over,” I heard repeatedly, as the final images of the weekend played across the big screen, while the future of America cried over parting from their new friends, before returning to their hometowns. Spying Glodich and his Eldred School students taking their leave, I stopped for a moment and snapped a pic. “Tag yourselves online!” (www.facebook.com/theriverreporter) I shouted. “I’ll see you soon.” What did these kids teach me? Simple: Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.