It used to be that high school graduation was the only milestone students celebrated. Now, every major transition a student makes is a reason to celebrate and honor them for their hard work – and the kids love it!
At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, a 5th grader at George Mason Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia was preparing to walk across the stage to graduate. But right before the ceremony, the student’s shoe broke. Thankfully a kind-hearted substitute teacher stepped in with the perfect solution.
Vohn Lewis (known to students as Mr. Lewis) has been substitute teaching at George Mason Elementary since February and has grown to really love the students at the school. He told a local news station that there have been times he’s wanted to walk away from the job, but that he believes he’s there for the kids – not for himself.
So, when the 5th grader’s shoe was broken, and even the art teacher, Bradley Kopelove, couldn’t repair the sole for him, Mr. Lewis stepped in and offered to lend the student his own shoes for the occasion.
According to Mr. Lewis,
“Me being me, sometimes my heart leads me to certain situations. I said ‘you can wear my shoes man, I wear a size 10.’ It’s really just something that I’d do any day for any child.”
The student, his parents, and fellow teachers were in awe of Mr. Lewis’ gesture. The art teacher said Mr. Lewis’ kindness nearly brought him to tears.
The student was able to walk tall and proud across the graduation stage, and the act of kindness set the tone for his transition into middle school.
Mr. Lewis’s one request? For the student to remember this moment and to pay it forward when the opportunity arises.
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