We salute teachers this week -- those citizens who console despairing first-day students, like this young gent, and guide them through that anxious step away from home into the world of learning and possibility, and on to graduation. Thank you for building skills and confidence in our children, and for all you do and deal with each school year on limited budgets with increasing demands. Thanks for trying to be fair in the classroom and for making time for everyone. Thanks for encouraging kids to reach for more and for noticing when things are beyond their grasp. As this little guy puts his future in your hands today, know you make a difference in ways you may never realize. You are appreciated.