Mr Bender (as I knew him) was my 6th grade teacher at Broad St Elementary School in Whitehall. His influence on me has carried on throughout my entire life and made me such a better person. He wrote letters to me when he was teaching on Yap and I still have them. In 2012 a group of us from that 6th grade class invited him to our class reunion where we paid personal and public tribute to the outstanding man he was and told him of our love and admiration for him. I am so thankful for that moment in time.