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Published on May 16, 2012
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor Mr. Ralph Cheshier a veteran teacher in the Valley View School District of Jonesboro, Arkansas. For 37 years, Mr. Cheshier has taught his students the principles of agriculture. Mr. Cheshier is also a longtime member of the Partners in an Active Learning Setting or PALS program. PALS is a mentoring program that matches high school students in the Vocational Agriculture Leadership Class with kindergarten students to develop personal skills and explore interests in plants and animals. The Valley View PALS chapter is one of 10 in Arkansas. Mr. Cheshier has a unique style of teaching through story telling. He loves spending time with his students in the school greenhouse and shop teaching them valuable skills and making his students self-sufficient members of society. Mr. Cheshier will be remembered for his contributions to the academic and life development of his students. Many of the lessons he taught will go well beyond the classroom and stick with students forever. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to represent people like Mr. Cheshier who make Arkansas a great place to live.