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Letters: Foster family called 'inspirational,' teachers deserve thanks, ADHD needs recognition

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Inspirational story offers hope during these troubling times

Thank you for the powerfully inspirational front-page article " A Soft Place to Settle" in the Monday Dispatch.

The Mocharski family is a true role model for empathy, compassion and generosity. With their own family of four children, they opened their door and their hearts to foster two children, unaccompanied minors, crossing the border for safety after their father was murdered, and now separated from their mother. The beautifully written article recounts all who helped make this a "soft place to settle."

In the midst of daily alarming and frightening reports of ever-increasing violence in our streets and in the world, people like the Mocharskis, Kelly Porter, Jan Phillips and Chris and Amy Bradley, organizations like Love Without Lines, religious institutions like the Unitarian/Universalist Church remind us that it truly takes a village. We are fortunate to have a newspaper like the Dispatch that headlines stories of hope. Very needed!

Mimi Brodsky, Columbus

Teachers especially deserving of thanks for dedication during pandemic

After a long year of pandemic, Ohioans have a special obligation to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7. Through many months of classroom shutdowns and disrupted learning, teachers who already serve in a challenging profession have carried even greater burdens. The year ahead, as teachers and students work their way back to normal, will be difficult as well.

The pandemic has been hard on many professions. Millions of Americans — health care workers, first-responders and so many others in addition to teachers — deserve recognition for their service in stressful and uncertain times. 

But I have special reasons to highlight the extraordinary work of teachers and educators who adapted so quickly and effectively to the pandemic. As an educator myself, I understand what it means to have the normal patterns of teaching and learning turned on their ear. And as chancellor of Western Governors University Ohio, I see hundreds of students in our Teachers College graduate each year, going on to educate and mentor Ohio’s next generation of leaders. 

We must not miss this opportunity to show our appreciation to teachers and to strengthen our commitment to the men and women who make education such a noble career.

K. L. Allen, chancellor, Western Governors University Ohio

ADHD needs to be recognized for the mental disorder that it is

As someone who has ADHD, encouraging kids with ADHD to want to expand their boundaries is important to me.

ADHD has been seen as an excuse by the public, which is not acceptable. ADHD is a mental health disorder, which is not an excuse. The symptoms of ADHD make you not able to control certain factors of your body. 

Kids with ADHD deserve to have justice. People misinterpreting ADHD for being an excuse should be ashamed of themselves for spreading fake information.

The Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a nonprofit organization that helps people with ADHD. If you need help, you can go to this organization where they provide all sorts of accommodations toward helping you with your ADHD.

Gavin Vanson, Hilliard

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: Foster family called 'inspirational,' teachers deserve thanks, ADHD needs recognition

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