Remarks by the President to Teachers at Cascade High School, Cascade, Iowa
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Cascade High School
11:09 A.M. CDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) So good to see you! I hear that there’s a little school going on here. (Laughter.) So I thought I’d stop by and just wish everybody luck.
Have a seat. Have a seat. We were on our way by and I just wanted to say that, first of all, I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of the kids as I’ve been traveling around the state, and they’re really enthusiastic that the summer is over and that — (laughter) — so you’re going to have some charged-up kids.
But the main thing I want to do is just say thank you for everything you guys do. I know how tough it is to be a teacher. My sister was a teacher. She’s now actually teaching teachers through college education — but I remember stories of her bringing home stuff from work and putting together a lesson plan, and staying up late, and sometimes having to help parents as well as the kids. And we appreciate you for what you guys do every single day.
(A bell rings.) Oh, did we set off a fire alarm? (Laughter.)
So I just wanted to say thank you. I know that you get a lot of satisfaction. Obviously, you guys don’t do this for the money. But to be able to every single day know that you’re making a difference in a young person’s life, at a time when education is more important than it’s ever been, has to be pretty gratifying and pretty significant. So we appreciate you.
And I didn’t want to interrupt any — (laughter) — but what I was thinking was maybe I’ve got some time to take some questions or get some comments, ideas. I’d love to hear from you guys what’s working and what’s not, how we can be more helpful. What do you think, Principal, is that all right, spend a few minutes? (Laughter.) It’s not going to throw the whole schedule off?
Okay. Can I just say that if this guy had been
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