A young boy’s compassionate act reminded a teacher why she took up an educational career

West Virginia

With the recent work stoppage happening all across West Virginia, a young boy’s compassionate act reminded a teacher why she took up an educational career. 

A 10-year-old young man from South Jefferson Elementary surprised his fifth grade teacher Shannon Dinges with a handwritten note along with five dollars of his own money after hearing why schools were closed for two days. Dinges says she’s received several letters over the years, but nothing like this before.

“He did not say anything. I had to call him over to thank him,” said Dinges. 

Dinges has been a teacher at South Jefferson Elementary for 18 years and just met the 10-year-old student this school year. The act also touched other educators. 

“I was in tears. It touched me that a child could understand what a teacher is going through,” said Chervon Grantham, teacher at Wildwood Middle School. 

Dinges was a student herself at South Jefferson Elementary and says she isn’t surprised by the students kindness.

“He’s very sweet, very compassionate, excellent student,” she said.

Dinges says students like him are one of the reasons why she continues to teach in Jefferson County.

“Something like that happens. It touches your heart. Reminds you why you do what you do,” said Dinges. 

“There are a few that I’ve tucked away and that will definitely be one of them,” she said. 

As for the strike, the work stoppage has been extended to Monday.

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