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Make the Most of Your Break

Teacher suggests ways to make free time meaningful

Students look forward to winter break and so do teachers, though one says the respite is a great time to recharge and expand your love for knowledge. Brady High School’s Martha Saucedo—a Government-in-Action Youth Tour alumna sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative in 1994—was named secondary teacher of the year by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Saucedo suggests these activities:

Learn Something

“Take a break from education, but not learning, by participating in a cooking class—even if it’s with Mom or Grandma.”

  • Challenge your friends to a reading competition, then compare books.
  • Put together a scrapbook of your school life or an awesome, creative event.
  • Research potential colleges.

Have Fun

“Make a bucket list and let the adventures begin.”

Give Back

“Maya Angelou said it best: ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Deliver food or gifts to the less fortunate. There’s no better time than now to make people feel loved.”

  • Volunteer at a local shelter.
  • Make time to visit the elderly at a nursing home.
  • Write a letter to a soldier (
  • Do ONE thing for someone who needs you!