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Hero of Columbine
Great teachers are the real American heroes for our young people, not race car drivers or football players. And real examples of these heroes abound in our elementary and high schools and in our colleges. Heroes like a hard-working, caring man named Dave Sanders.
Dave grew up in rural Illinois and Indiana and went to a small college in Nebraska. A real hick, you might say. In 1974, he moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains and accepted a position teaching and coaching in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. He taught business courses for 25 years, courses like accounting, business law and keyboarding and his electives were so popular they were usually full, about 150 kids a year. Also, he coached girls’ and boys’ athletics like basketball and softball.
Okay, just hold the yawns and listen to a few comments from his students. “Mr. Sanders knew how to motivate you,” said Susanne Miller, a former student of Sanders. “He always knew just the right things to say.” Another of his students summed it up this way.
“Mr. Sanders believed in me when I didn’t believe in me.”