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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: COMMUNITY GIVES BACK TO AILING TEACHER
MUSTANG NEWS
Edition:Thursday, February 03, 2011

To the Editor:
Who inspires you? Many of us reflect on our school years and identify a teacher who was much more than a teacher. They showed a desire for learning as well as love and compassion to us. These individuals helped us define who we wanted to become, as well, helped us to become that person. They inspired us.
Many students at Mustang High School have such a person in Mrs. Jenny Yates. Mrs. Yates has been a math teacher at Mustang High School for 22 years, inspiring students all of those years.
With each generation, Mrs' Yates passes on her knowledge and love to the kids who roam the halls of Mustang. Parents are often excited to hear that their teacher, Mrs. Yates, will be teaching their own children as well. She is loved.
Mrs. Yates is loved. She didn't know the realm of that love until recently when she went to the doctor for some tests. In early November, she was diagnosed with inoperable, stage 4 colorectal cancer that has spread to her liver. As she puts it, “It totally caught me and my doctors off guard. A total shock!”
Yes, a total shock for the student body as well. As word spread, the students at Mustang High School were devastatved and then motivated. Many wanted to do things to help her. There are many groups supporting her from making T-shirts to “Ribbons on Tuesdays for Mrs. Yates.” These students see the greatness in Mrs. Yates now and want to give her the support and inspiration she has been giving all of those years.
As word is spreading throughout the community, people are showing their love and support for Mrs. Yates and her family. A donation fund has been set up at YNB Bank in Mustang for Mrs. Yates. Simply mention her name, and the tellers will be happy to assist you; they know Mrs. Yates as well. She was their teacher or their kid's teacher, too!
Fortunately, her chemotherapy treatments haven't been too difficult so far. She frequently talks about the blessings in her life and how many people have shown their love and concern since her diagnosis. She is able to continue working the job she loves and does so very well.
She is enjoying spending time with her favorite 10th-grader, Jill, her daughter. Jill is already following in her mother's caring footsteps. She has started a Relay for Life team named after her mother.
Their goal is to raise money in honor of Grayson Everaard, a young boy fighting cancer that the high school students “adopted” this year. The team provides Jill to becoming an inspiration just like her mom.
As a community, we are so blessed to hve such a wonderful, inspiring person teaching our teenagers! Mrs. Yates, we do love you and wish you the best!
Becky Schneider
MHS parent

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