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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the memories Vern ...

My long-time friend Vern Pinnt, now living in Yuma, Ariz. shared this 2011 Reader’s Digest story which should give folks a laugh for the day.

Vern was a basketball and track coach at Newton High School from 1975 to 1979 and also taught driver’s education. When he mentioned his classroom experience during our phone visit, I asked that he again share it in writing, so here it is ...

Okay, here is my little story printed in Reader’s Digest in 2011:

“After teaching driver’s education at the High School level for many years, this situation tops the many learning experiences. We were covering traffic signs, showing all the different signs; things were going smooth until I showed the class the Slow Moving Vehicle warning sign. No one had the correct answer, so he thought. ‘Teacher, that sign means wide load.’ After a short moment of silence, I dropped to my knees laughing along with the entire class. I was able to give the correct answer once the laughter ended. Teaching, it’s a good life.

“Teachers may not get paid what they are worth, but the joy, the rewards, the satisfaction of hopefully helping young students make their life better and safer can’t be beat.”

Vern says “Howdy to his many friends in the Newton area and says he still does not miss the “nasty” December Iowa weather.”

John McNeer

Newton

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