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Date Posted: 09:55:11 02/10/09 Tue
Author: Bob Poskitt
Subject: Miss Kane

I have seen a couple comments about Miss Kane, our very special Junior High Geography teacher. She also was one of my favorite teachers. Does anyone remember the two volcanos in Mexico she always talked about?

After years of being away from Westboro, my brothers and I held a 90th and 95th birthday party for my dad in town. To my surprise, Miss Kane came to them. She had been dating my dad (OMG!). That fact struck me in the same way it did when I first saw Mrs. Graham in the grocery store buying groceries.....that teachers are real people with real lives like everyone else.

Miss Kane was the hit of the party as she sang a solo. I did not know she had such a wonderful voice. She ended up spending her life taking care of her brother who had a number of personal problems. She was a very caring, smart, classy, and talented lady who was important in my life growing up in Westboro. My dad felt the same way.

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[> Re: Miss Kane -- Larry Broga, 05:16:36 02/11/09 Wed [1]

You're right Bob, she did have a lot of class. After I got drafted into the Army, she called my mother to find out where I was stationed. She sent me a package of baked goods and a very touching letter. I thought this was very special since I wasn't one of her better students and usually gave her a hard time.

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[> [> Re: Miss Kane -- Bob Poskitt, 19:12:59 02/12/09 Thu [1]

Thanks for your comments, Larry, about Miss Kane.

You and others probably never knew I had a third brother, David, many years older than either Tom or myself. Dave struggled terribly in school and never went beyond 8th grade. And the one teacher who was always, always supportive of him, even though he could really never do the school work, was Miss Kane. She knew his skills were high in areas other than school studies. Dave is an excellent musician, can play any song on almost any instrument, but never had a lesson and cannot read music. Miss Kane helped him find that gift in himself.

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[> [> [> Re: Miss Kane -- Diana W., 22:11:19 02/12/09 Thu [1]

A wonderful story, Bob; thanks for sharing this with us.

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