Teachers have the power to make children want to come to school or to stay away. I believe that no child wants to arrive to school late. Walking into a classroom after the bell has rung can uncomfortable, daunting and even humiliating. If we are empathetic to the needs of our students and not our own teacher agendas, we will always greet our students with a smile and a “welcome” or “good morning”. We never know what it takes for some children to get to school.