Thursday, June 3, 2021

"Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life." Jackie Chan



My readers know that I am all about education, inspiration, and kindness. (37 years in the classroom have made me into a perpetual teacher. No going back - ever!)   I found a story this week that encompasses the best of education, inspiration, and kindness.

In Boutte, Louisiana, a panicked student approached a teacher just before graduation began. Daverius Peters told a teacher, John Butler, that administrators said his shoes did not conform to their standards, and that Daverius would not be permitted to walk across the stage and receive his diploma in the shoes he was wearing. Without a second thought, Mr. Butler slipped off his own shoes - two sizes too big for Daverius -  and Daverius was able to participate in graduation. 

According to, the average teacher makes 1500 decisions per day, which averages to about 4 per minute.  I have the feeling that Mr. Butler's decision to lend his shoes was the simplest decision he had made all day.

So often, students look to teachers as role models and surrogate parents.  Mr. Butler's thoughtful gesture will impact students positively for years to come.  I like this story so much. It feels good to see such a positive exchange between student and teacher, and I think it's terrific that the news picked up this uplifting story.  Thank you, Mr. Butler, for your unselfish and caring act to help a student.  You are a teacher who makes a difference. 

Here is a link to the story - well worth the few minutes read and viewing.

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