William F. O’Neill Honorary Induction

William F. O’Neill Honorary Induction


Two years ago, I was honored to be having
my name on the chapter here at the Junior High School. But to get this honorary membership
tonight, is, again, a double-whammy for me. I’d like to share with you something that
I have told to the Superintendent and a member of the School Board, Betsy–, a story that
probably may not mean a lot to some of you but– I just received some information the other
day that I am bringing to your attention. I received a letter last Thursday from the
West Coast. And it was addressed to me. The name did not seem too familiar but I thought
it would be nice to take a look and see what was going on and I read it and it said, “Dear
Mr. O’Neill. I want you to know that i was a student of yours back in Dracut High School
many years ago and I to tell you how much I appreciated all of your work with me and
how much I enjoyed being in your class even though you were a hard marker.” [Laughter]
But she went on to say that she got married and had four children and had eight grandchildren.
Her husband has passed away eleven years ago. But the key to the story was to me, the fact
that when a teacher is in a classroom and appreciates the fact that the students who
are there, although they may not seem to be terribly active with you, and this young lady
wasn’t, she was a beautiful girl, wasn’t a top-level student, but was a good student,
and a very polite young lady and so forth. And it was so nice to think that when you
are in the classroom and you are working with young people, what it means to some of these
people you don’t recognize. But I just would like to tell you also, in conclusion, this
lady was in the graduating class of 1958. So that’s a few years ago. It’s so nice that
she thought to send such a nice note to me. And I want to thank all of you so much. Thank
you.

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