"I don't think happiness and purpose are complicated concepts. We each need to take care of our family - for many parents, that means less time at work and more time nurturing the family's emotional and spiritual needs. And we all need to give back to the community a little more than we take - which is what Make a Difference Day is about. If we followed these principles, I believe most people would be fulfilled and most societal problems would evaporate."
DR. BETSY ROGERS
"As the current National Teacher of the Year, my sons were impressed that I recently rubbed elbows with several MTV 'personalities.' That impressed them much more than my meeting with President Bush. Meeting with such diverse people is part of my job this year - as an international spokesperson for education. It's a long way from my classroom in rural Alabama, where poverty, abuse, and neglect are part of the daily lives of over half of my students.
"Twenty years ago, when I visited rural Alabama and saw the poverty afflicting these children, I felt compelled to teach here. Despite the poverty, the kids possessed hope, and I believed I could help them bridge the gap limiting their opportunities.