On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal, and the building supervisor, Ms. Cothren removed all of the desks from her classroom. When the first period students entered the room they discovered there were no desks.
"Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?" The students asked, puzzled.
They thought and whispered among themselves. One student held up her hand and then asked, "Well, maybe it's our grades. Do we have to get an A to get a desk?"
"Then maybe it's our behavior." Said one boy in class who was, more often than not, in trouble.
By early afternoon, television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to watch and then report what they could about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."
At this point, you could've heard a pin drop in the classroom. Martha Cothren walked over to the door of her classroom and opened it wide. Twenty-seven U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into the classroom, each carrying a school desk. One by one, each Veteran replaced a school desk, row by row, and then walked over to take his place beside the other Vets along the wall.
Thank you, Veterans. Welcome Home.