Taking A stand in history. (2016).

A couple years ago, I reconnected with four former students, now adults, who had been sophomores in my high school English class. Two of those students, Donna and Mai, invited my husband and me for dinner. To my surprise, Heather and Kristi also showed up. “Mrs. Barnoski, we are having a reunion tonight,” Heather announced. “We wanted to celebrate what you did for us 25 years ago.” One by one, each student talked about the class and the lessons they learned. Two had become English teachers. I had a catch in my throat as I listened. I told them what …

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