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Saturday, November 28, 2020

    I’m Thankful for Teachers

    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

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    Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you that takes the time to read this column each week. I truly appreciate your support and I always welcome your feedback (email me directly at [email protected]).

    Thanksgiving happens this Thursday, and if you’re like me, I find myself being a bit more reflective and thinking of those that I am personally thankful for. My list this year includes my wife, Kasey, who is truly a rock star. She has a full-time job and has adjusted her schedule to allow her to be home while our boys are learning virtually.

    I’m thankful for my mom, Sheila, who many of you may know as Miss Sheila from A Bridge to Beginnings childcare. My mom moved to Muscatine three years ago and helps us out in so many ways. I’m thankful for my mother-in-law, Kim Mills, who continues to be a great support for our family.

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my dad, John, who lives in Chicago and connects with us via FaceTime several times per week. He’s patient enough to sit through his grandkids running all over the house while holding my iPhone. Talk about motion sickness! Thanks to my father-in-law, Craig, for having my family to his home for a very socially distanced, safe, and small Thanksgiving meal.

    How about a standing ovation as a show of support and thanks to all healthcare workers! Oh my goodness, do we need to support our doctors, nurses, and all healthcare staff members now more than ever. Thank you!

    Last, but certainly not least on my list, are the teachers and staff that work for the Muscatine Community School District. These men and women are heroes, and I hope you will join me in saying thank you to them. I admire how my coworkers have been able to be so willing to make adjustments as school shifted to a virtual setting. You should see what it looks like when a teacher does what they do best via a laptop or tablet. I’d like to specifically thank the teachers that are instructing our boys; Sarah Axtell and Callie Pangburn, thank you both.

    Thank you to the folks that have been working hard to ensure our school buildings are clean this year, to the bus drivers who have safely transported children to and from school, to the food and nutrition workers that are making meals to feed our students, and to my coworkers in the school administration building on Mulberry. I joined a good team when I took this role in September, and I can only hope to contribute as much as they do.

    Folks, I know this year Thanksgiving is different. We had hoped to travel to see my family in Chicago, but it’s not the smart or safe thing to do. I’m thankful that I am able to see my family, even if it is via a cell phone screen. I should give a mention to the incredibly smart people that are close to creating a vaccine to get rid of COVID-19. Happy Thanksgiving to you! 

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