I’ve heard it said that we learn our most important lessons in Kindergarten, and as a former student of Mrs. Dwight at Westrcreek Elementary in Fort Worth, TX I can confirm it is true! I still remember learning the letter sounds. For each new letter, Mrs. Dwight introduced us to that letter’s “character”. Each character was inflatable and child-sized. Then, we each got to create a character for the first letter of our names. I was always so excited when a new character was announced! Thank you for teaching me to read, Mrs. Dwight!

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