Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Mrs. Banks taught students how we treat one another is important

I think the reason that this little white kid from a predominately white community grew up to value all people regardless of race was because I was fortunate enough to have Iola Banks as my teacher. I was in Dale Bagley's class that year.

Mrs. Banks was not only strict -- but fair. She was also loving. Every child in her class was somebody special. Although I did not realize it at the time, one of the most valuable things I learned that year was that although we are all different, and sometimes think differently, what really is important is how we treat one another.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has hired excellent role models over the years, including Mrs. Banks, Mrs. Winona Crane and Dr. Robert Devolld.

It would be great if you wrote a several part feature story on the school district and followed it up with stories about great teachers who have influenced our lives and our communities.

My nomination for educator of the century for the KPBSD would be Robert Devolld. You cannot find a more quality human being on this planet. What a great role model and positive influence in my life.

Again, great story on Mrs. Banks. I am so glad that my mom sent it to me. I hope you keep up the great work!

Devery Prince


Mrs. Banks was incredible teacher

I loved your story on Iola Banks. Mrs. Banks was my teacher at Kenai Elementary School in fourth grade. She taught me at a very young age a lot about culture and people. She was an incredible teacher. I wish her well.

Susan Kissee Walker

Bellefonte, Pa.

Reporter's work garners praise

Thank you, Marcus Garner, twice over. First, for your humorous and well-written column about Valentine's Day and all the commercialism that goes along with it. I agree with you. Second, for the recent Clarion front page photo -- moose and morning coffee. It's a great picture. Keep up the good work, Marcus. You have a fan.

Janet Brookman


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