Beth Pinyerd

Beth Pinyerd

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Beth is a writer for The Observer

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A front row seat for the Summer Olympics OPINION — Put on your seatbelt in your imaginary airplane as we fly to the beautiful capital seat of France, Paris, where the 2024 Summer Olympics are being held from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, Aug. 11.The...

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Classroom Observer | July 4, 2024

July 4th parades in OPINION — I used to hear my grandmother say when July comes in that we are celebrating the “Dog Days of Summer.” The Farmer’s Almanac has named the 40 days from July 3 to Aug. 11, when we feel the hot, sultry days of summer in...

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Celebrating our fathers OPINION — Hey, have you picked up that Father’s Day card or your dad’s favorite tie or shirt, a needed tool or favorite sports’ equipment yet?There are many different kinds of dads that come to our minds when we think of...

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Summer has arrived OPINION — As a teacher, I love to teach about the different seasons of the year. I teach the Bible verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”I will be honest with...

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Classroom Observer | May 23, 2024

Promises and encouragement to graduates OPINION — As we teachers have seen our classes graduate, we have bittersweet heart felt feelings as we see our students finish up a good school year.As parents bond to their children, we teachers bond to our...

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Hugs for mothers

OPINION — From “Here Comes A Hug” (author anonymous): It’s Wondrous what a hug can do. A hug can cheer you when you’re blue. A hug can say “I love you so” or “I really hate to see you go.” A hug can soothe a small child’s pain and bring a rainbow...

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May Day comes in bright

OPINION — Happy May Day to our community. April Showers have truly brought in May flowers in Lee County, Alabama. Our town, garden clubs and volunteer community associations do an excellent job of keeping up our environments as we welcome tourists...

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Baby Boomers: Go back to class

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — The United States Census Bureau defines Baby Boomers as “individuals born in the United States between 1946 and mid 1964.” As a Baby Boomer who is 71 years old, where has time gone?Just like when you have a child, they...

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The easel of your child's life

OPINION — One of the special learning centers I enjoy children rotating through in the classroom is the art center. A fresh white sheet of paper stretched and clamped on an easel or laid out on a table is just waiting to be drawn, colored or...

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Running through the rain

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — I love living in central Alabama where we experience a lot of Spring rains. I remember sitting on my parents’ screened back porch and watching the rains come in. Living in south Alabama by the beautiful Mobile Bay for many...

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Our community rolls out for Easter

OPINION — Baby Boomers who grew up in the community remember how Lee County celebrated Easter with children and families. My brother, Frank V. Jones, and I were recalling how Mrs. Alma Martin at Northside Elementary School in Opelika celebrated...

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Looking for a four leaf clover

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — I would like to remind the readers about special holidays that children and families can celebrate. This coming Sunday, March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to wear green so you don’t get pinched!I can...

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Leaping into Spring

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — Before we stroll into March, “Leap Day” is celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 29. The year 2024 is a leap year, when we add an additional day to the calendar. The regular year has 365 days, but a leap year has 366 days. A leap...

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An educator's heart

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — I would like to share a very special heartfelt tribute in Classroom Observer this week for a teacher and principal who was truly a light and pillar for the Opelika Community over many years. This is a tribute of gratitude...

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Parades, hearts and honesty

CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION — After living in Mobile for so many years, I want to say Happy Mardi Gras to Classroom Observer readers by tossing you a moon pie and saying, “I Love You to the Moon and Back!”Mardi Gras is celebrated all over...

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How many more weeks of winter?

BY BETH PINYERD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION — Today is of historical interest, as it marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the United States Supreme Court on Feb. 1, 1790. The Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the land,...

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Winter needs snow, soup, sleep, sharing

BY BETH PINYERD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION —My little dog, Cookie, keeps this fur Mom on a regular routine and schedule. At 6 a.m. she wakes me up for her morning walk. She and I go through the seasons of early morning walks which I love...

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Seeing and appreciating winter all around

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION —I can reflect on this special warm memory like it was yesterday. My mother, the late Marie V. Jones who lived in Opelika all her married life, had moved down to Spanish Fort, Alabama, to be close to me, my husband and...

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Carol in the holiday season

Carol in the holiday season

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — Over the past few weeks in preschools throughout the community, children have been joyfully singing in the Christmas season. I know personally in reading to preschoolers, who have been in this world for just a few months...

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Children reflect the wonder of the season OPINION — In putting up Christmas and holiday bulletin boards, reading Christ-mas stories, singing Christmas songs, lights, decorations everywhere, the magic and love of this season is shining everywhere.As...

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