Every teacher has had the pleasure of meeting at least one truly original student during their teaching career. But for Winston Lee, a history teacher at Letcher County Central High School in Kentucky, he never expected to come across a student who would completely surprise him with their test answer. What the student did with the extra space on their exam paper was so unique that it went viral online, earning the student the recognition and respect that they deserve.
Lee shared an image of the exam online, which quickly went viral, with more than 62,000 people sharing the post. The student, who Lee described as a “straight A+ guy,” had asked if his bonus points could be given to the student who received the lowest score.
“If you could, can you give my bonus points to whoever scores the lowest?”
Lee was taken aback by the student’s generosity, writing:
“One of my guys… offers up his five bonus points to someone in need. Anyone. Totally offering up what is rightfully his, his earning, to any peer that may have been struggling especially hard the day of the test.”
Lee was so touched by the student’s kindness that he couldn’t help but gush over the unnamed student.
“He didn’t care if he considered them a friend, didn’t care if they were cool, didn’t matter to him what situation had caused them to score lower, he just wanted to help, be kind, commit a loving act,” Lee wrote. The emotional teacher concluded, “This note gave me so much hope. Let us all be a little more like this young man!”
Not everyone was as supportive of the student’s actions, with some calling him a “liberal” for sharing what he had earned rather than keeping it for himself. However, as another commenter pointed out, not every student has the same opportunities and struggles in life.
“As a teacher, I expect all my students to try their best, but I realize that some have life harder than others, and I go the extra mile to be equitable. Remember, not everybody can be a lazy moocher with a rich daddy who can purchase diplomas,” the commenter wrote.
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The viral moment serves as a reminder that small acts of kindness can have a huge impact, and that students can be just as inspiring as their teachers. The unnamed student’s generosity and empathy towards their peers is an example that we can all learn from, and we should all strive to be a little more like him.