For me, it was Mrs. Rodney in second grade. Asked to name a favorite teacher who stands out for her influence on my life, I thought of her.
For a lot of people around here, the teacher they think of is Vickie Honeycutt.
Vickie taught for 32 years at Mount Pleasant High School, then moved to the county schools office to help recruit and support teachers, a profession she cherished.
When she died last spring after a battle with breast cancer, this community felt the loss deeply. Even now, she still receives awards. Her daughter, Ashley, proudly accepts them for her mother.
Now there is a new opportunity to remember Vickie Honeycutt and support a special group in her name.
Adam White is a longtime friend of the Honeycutts. He and Dane Honeycutt, Vickie's son, grew up together, playing sports and hanging out. And, of course, he had English with Mrs. Honeycutt.
After she died, Adam went to Dane with an idea: A foundation to honor Vickie's memory would give her grieving family something positive on which to focus as they mourned.
The Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation was born.
Adam and Dane worked hard to set it up, with not many resources but with a lot of help and donated services. The website is now up and running: www.VickieHoneycutt.org.
Adam says they are completing the paperwork and expect to be ready to start taking donations. The foundation encourages people to make small donations, perhaps a few dollars a month. They know lots of people working together can make a powerful impact, and they really hope to involve a lot of people.
The foundation's purpose is to help teachers who are battling any kind of cancer. Adam says they hope to fill a gap where it may be hard for teachers to find financial help for expenses like gas, groceries and hotels.
This month, there's a really cool way you can support the Vickie S. Honeycutt foundation: Dane Honeycutt is tour manager for The Avett Brothers, the popular alt-country band from Cabarrus County. When Dane told them about the foundation, the band came to Dane with an idea of selling T-shirts that promote breast cancer awareness, honor Vickie and raise money for the foundation.
The shirts have the band's name on the front and the foundation name on the back. All proceeds go to the foundation.
The T-shirts are available this month, only at Avett Brothers concerts and www.TheAvettBrothers.com. There's also a link from the foundation's Facebook page. It's the shirt everyone in eastern Cabarrus will be wearing.