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Mom Writes Epic Letter After Headmaster Calls Her Son "Worthless" and "Stupid"

Most parents recognize that no child is perfect and are willing to work with leaders and educators to raise decent human beings. But when one mother realized the person charged with her son’s education was nothing more than a bully, she wrote him an epic letter.

Teacher Makes a Request to Man She Met in a Store - After She Passes Away, a Shocking Secret Comes Out
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Teacher Makes a Request to Man She Met in a Store - After She Passes Away, a Shocking Secret Comes Out

*Featured image contains photo by Melinda Gimpel on UnsplashWe often hear how important it is to save money and plan for the future. It’s a simple concept, but it can be incredibly difficult to do, especially when you consider bills and the overall cost of living. So it’s impressive to hear about someone who lived frugally and saved a lot.When you learn about someone who was able to save millions to make a difference in so many other people’s lives, though, that’s downright heartwarming.Cautious With MoneyGenevieve Via Cava lived a pretty frugal life. The special needs teacher rarely dined out or treated herself to things like the movies or trips. Instead, she took her paycheck every week and put aside most of her earnings. She didn’t even buy new clothes but chose instead to buy items second-hand or at a super-discounted price.Via Cava’s colleagues and friends knew how she lived, but they rarely considered what she did with her money. According to People, she clipped coupons, didn’t have any children, and was the type of person who didn’t want to fork over $4,000 on a hearing aid. In the end, it all meant she was actually able to save quite a bit.That didn’t come out until seven years after her death, though. Following Via Cava’s passing in 2011 at the age of 89, it took years to settle her estate. When the affairs were finally settled, her former colleagues were shocked: the woman left a million dollars to New Jersey’s Dumont School District.The interest that donation will receive going forward will be enough to fund two annual $25,000 scholarships in perpetuity, “making a huge impact in the lives of the kids she loved,” the district’s superintendent, Emanuele Triggiano, told the publication.A Generous HeartOver the years, Via Cava became good friends with a man named Richard Jablonski. They met at the clothing store he used to run, where he fondly recalled her shopping the “70 percent off” rack.Eventually, Via Cava asked Jablonski to be the executor of her will. Even he was surprised to learn the extent of her savings. He recalled her chastising him for taking his kids out for dinner when he could be saving those hard-earned dollars instead. He also highlighted how she really wanted to do some good with the money she saved.“When she told me seven years before she passed away that she had money and wanted me to handle her will, I was floored to learn how much she’d saved,” he said. “She’d call and say, ‘I want to leave $100,000 to the Salvation Army,’ and ‘I want to leave $100,000 each to county animal shelters,’ and ‘Let’s add a $100,000 donation to the hearing center.’ She certainly had a generous heart.”The friend explained that one day, while Via Cava was at the bank of all places, she doubled over in pain. The tellers called an ambulance, but she passed away pretty quickly from sepsis. Jablonski, who now lives in Via Cava's house, was still driving to come and see her when he got the call that she'd died.“Genevieve was very smart — she knew finances,” he added, “She’d be thrilled to hear that the interest alone from her $1 million gift to the school district will pay for a scholarship every year. She was a strict teacher, but she loved those kids. They meant the world to her. And now her legacy will live on forever.”Creating Our Own LegaciesNot all of us are great with money, and that’s okay. What’s so touching about this story is that it reminds us that money isn’t everything, and we don’t need new things or flashy items to make a difference. Sometimes, the best way to make a difference and create our own legacies is to commit to doing so.For this woman, it was saving her money so that one day she could donate it to causes that mattered to her. For others, it could be committing to coaching a community sports team, volunteering at a retirement center, or working at a non-profit. There are so many ways to make a difference in the world and to leave your mark. But the first step is always deciding that’s what you want to do.More from Goalcast:Devoted Father Builds $35-Million Theme Park for His Daughter With Special Needs — Allows Disabled People FREE AdmissionThai Monk Wins $500,000 Lottery—Decides To Spend The Money In The Most Meaningful WayStreet Musician Offers All His Money On-Hand to a Homeless Beggar — What the Homeless Man Does Next Is the Last Thing He’d Expect

12-Year-Old Takes a Chance to Write a Letter to Costco's CEO for Fundraiser Help - Within Minutes He Receives a Reply
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12-Year-Old Takes a Chance to Write a Letter to Costco's CEO for Fundraiser Help - Within Minutes He Receives a Reply

We often hear stories about big box stores and companies with CEOs who have lost touch with everyday people and the reality of how things are for many. So when you hear about a CEO who is willing to not only engage with his customers but also help them out, the kindness of it warms your heart.That’s why this story of a sixth grader who wrote to the CEO of Costco is getting so much attention. Not only does it show that there is still some good at the top, but that sometimes, all you need to do is ask and you shall receive.A Valentine’s Day FundraiserLast year, a 12-year-old boy needed a way to promote his North Hollywood school’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Grant Cerwin knew he could do roses or something like that, but he wanted something even bigger to get people’s attention. So he took a chance and wrote a letter to Costco's CEO about them possibly donating one of their famous 93-inch stuffed teddy bears.“We want to raffle off one of your giant bears as a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for our school,” he wrote, as per ABC News. “I would make sure everyone knew you gave it to us in our school newsletter, on social media, and with a big sign by the bear. I know it is a long shot, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.”A Surprising ResponseCerwin admitted he didn’t really expect a response, but Craig Jelinek responded within minutes. He forwarded the email to his employees and instructed them to “do whatever it takes” to get Walter Reed Middle School a giant teddy bear.Soon, Cerwin’s ask was fulfilled.“Good morning Grant. I am the Toy Supervisor at our Costco’s LA Regional office. I have good news, Costco will be donating a 93” Plush Bear to your school to use in your Valentine’s Day fundraiser!” read an email. “We could have it delivered to the school directly so your parents don’t have to worry about transporting it.”The bear was a huge hit. More than 300 people paid for a raffle ticket to win it, raising $1,500 for the school. Those funds went toward future handball courts and the school’s mural.“I really learned that you have to take your chances,” Cerwin added. “So, if you have that chance, you should take it.”A Valuable LessonAs Cerwin himself said, sometimes in life you just have to take a chance. People are often afraid to ask for what they need for fear of rejection. But at the end of the day, if you don’t ask you definitely won’t get what you need.Often, you’ve got nothing to lose by asking for help. That can be true of a fundraiser or community rally, but it can also be true when we need help in our own lives. So pick up the phone, send a text or even write an email if that’s what you’re comfortable with.But never be afraid to ask for help. We all need a little help now and then. And if you’re the type of person who is willing to help others, the odds are pretty great that people will want to help you in your time of need, too.More from Goalcast:Coffee Shop Owner’s Friends Open Up a Competing Business – Then One Piece of News Changes Everything19-Year-Old Goes to Hotel to Take Part in a Raffle – Little Did She Know Her Friends Had a Secret Plan in PlaceMan Takes $800 From Vacation Fund Without Telling His Wife – Then Reveals What He Did With It Over Text

Policeman Shows Up at School and Grills Confused Teen - Then Someone Grabs Him From Behind
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Policeman Shows Up at School and Grills Confused Teen - Then Someone Grabs Him From Behind

There’s no bond like the bond of siblings. If you’re lucky enough to have one that you can get along with, a sibling knows you better than anyone. They’re the person you can confide in, hang out with, and relate to most in life. They’re also the person you probably miss most when they’re not around.That’s why this story is so incredibly moving.A Surprise VisitOne day, a teen boy named Luke was in class doing his work when, suddenly, a uniformed police officer came looking for him. He stood up and headed over to the officer without hesitation, although the kid was clearly confused about why the officer was looking for him.“Where’s your bag at?” the officer asked. Again, the kid immediately got his bag and handed it over. “What are you doing?” the officer continued. Luke’s answer was simple: “Just working,” he said without missing a beat as his classmates looked on.Luke’s confusion continued as the officer pressed him. “Is there something you need to tell me? Are you sure? Is there anything in your bag?” he grilled. Finally, the officer asked Luke to follow him into the next room.A Familiar EmbraceOnce in the other room, the officer backed off, and a uniformed man approached Luke from behind. He gave him a giant hug and Luke's shoulders sagged in relief. It was Luke's brother, Sean, who had been away in the Navy for quite some time.“Came home and surprised my little brother at school, with the help of the on-duty police officer,” Sean wrote in a video post that captured the entire thing.The relief and then sheer love on Luke’s face in the video was palpable. He broke down in tears as his classmates in the next room clapped, clearly in on the big surprise.“Oh my God,” Luke whispered, at first covering his face and then hugging his brother tight. As he turned back to the camera, he wiped away tears. “I was wondering why you had the phone!” he said to the officer.The Power of LoveThe video, which has been seen more than 20 million times, is such a great example of the sibling bond. It’s got the brotherly prank we know and expect from such relationships, but it also underlies the genuine love between Sean and Luke. It’s hard not to tear up watching it as you get the sense that these are two kind young men.The video also inspires us to reach out to the siblings we have in our lives and to try not to take those relationships for granted. As this story proves, we never know when we might not see the people we love again or when they may be gone for an extended period of time. So plug in their numbers, make the plans, and tell them you love them.We should all make the most of these moments while we have them. Because this kind of love is what makes our souls sing.More from Goalcast:Mom Watches Son Sneak Into Little Brother’s Room at 3 a.m. – The Reason Why Goes Viral7-Year-Old Takes Little Brother to His Class – One Day, He’s Curious to See What Happens Behind Closed DoorsTwo Brothers With Rare Heart Condition Die 3 Years Apart — 2 Hours Later, One of Them Wakes Up

Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why
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Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why

When you’re a kid, theme days at school are a big deal. They’re a chance to dress up in something special and break from your regular routine, all while showing your classmates a side of your personality that you might not always bring to school. So when you aren’t able to participate in one, it can also be a big deal. That happened to one kid in Kentucky recently, but luckily, his bus driver stepped in to save the day.A Disappointed StudentOne day, a first-grade student named Levi was waiting for the school bus. As the driver, Larry Farrish Jr., approached the stop, he noticed something was different about the boy. “I pulled up to the bus stop, and I saw Levi sitting down by himself with his head down, and it dawned on me, something is wrong,” Farrish told Jefferson County Public School in a blog post. “He’s always happy, but this particular day, he was not happy.”When Farrish asked what was wrong, he noticed Levi was crying. The boy explained that he didn’t have pajamas for pajama day.“It hurt me so bad,” Farrish added. “That just wasn’t my Levi, and I wanted him to have a good day. No child should have to miss out on something as small as pajama day.”Determined to Do Some KindnessFarrish knew he had to do something, so after he dropped Levi off at school and finished the morning bus run, he headed over to the nearby dollar store. There, he grabbed several pairs of pajamas in different sizes and drove back to the school.He asked the office if they could call Levi down, and that’s when both his and Farrish’s days took a major turn.“I saw Levi coming down the hall, and he had a face just as happy as could be,” Farrish recalled. “It really turned the whole Friday around, for him and for me.”As for the first-grader, he was over the moon.“I can tell Mr. Larry is nice and his heart is filled with joy,” Levi said. “I’m usually really happy, but not on pajama day… When he got me the pajamas, I did a happy cry.”More Than a DriverFarris has been a bus driver for about seven years now, but he sees himself as more than a driver. He feels that his position allows him to connect with kids and make a real difference in their lives, and he takes the job pretty seriously.“They become my kids after they leave their parents,” Farrish continued in the blog post. “I make sure they get to and from school safe, but I also try to bring some type of joy to their lives.”That could mean playing games or telling jokes or something like a special handshake between him and the students. Or, in the case of Levi, grabbing some extra pajamas so that all kids have the chance to participate in a theme day.“It feels good knowing I made an impact on a child’s life,” he added.Little Acts of KindnessOne reason this story is so touching is because it reminds us what a big difference a small act can make in someone else’s life. It also reminds us that while we often think of teachers as the ones who impact our children while they’re at school, there is a whole village looking out for them.Lastly, this story reminds us that we’re an essential part of that village, too. Whether we have kids or not, remember to practice kindness and lead with empathy, especially when it comes to kids. Doing so can make a big difference in how they grow up. Not only do kids learn by example, but when they know they’re loved they really do thrive.So make the goofy faces, practice the secret handshakes, or just be a safe space for anyone who needs it. You never know how much it may mean to someone down the line.More from Goalcast:Bus Driver Yanks Boy’s Backpack as He Is Getting off the Bus – Now She’s Hailed as a HeroBus Driver Suddenly Stops While on Her Usual Route – Surprised Passengers Witness the Exchange She Has With an Elderly WomanMom Finds Out Her Son Constantly Gets Into Trouble and Has Befriended the Bus Driver – So She Writes a Letter to the School Board

Actor Jake Johnson Recalls His Moms Crazy Gut Feeling That Saved His Life
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Actor Jake Johnson Recalls His Moms Crazy Gut Feeling That Saved His Life

You may know actor Jake Johnson, 45, as the lovable Nick Miller from popular sitcom New Girl. But before he landed the career defining role alongside Zooey Deschanel, Johnson proved he'd been lucky long before that.Recently the Spiderman star sat down for a casual catch up on the Dope as Usual podcast; about an hour into the show, the conversation got deep — quickly.Jake Johnson and host Thomas "Yola" Araujo, 34, were discussing the idea of the afterlife — and whether or not it exists. The story Johnson humbly referred to as a "tangent" quickly grabbed people's attention. And it's nothing short of a miracle."I don't tell this story a lot. Because I don't get it."Jake Johnson, "Dope As Usual"While Johnson affirmed he is not tied to one specific belief like reincarnation but he definitely believes in "weirdness" — and he believes without a doubt his mother is "connected to something."And whatever that "something" is, it saved his life.His Mother Had a “Gut Feeling” She Couldn’t ExplainJake Johnson/Instagram Jake Johnson was raised by his single mother Eve Johnson and with what some are calling her "connection to the other side," it's clear Eve didn't need a man in order to protect her children.Johnson was in the 4th Grade when the bizarre incident took place. It was just a regular day when his mother was taken over by a strong premonition."Out of nowhere my mother turns to me and goes: 'You're not going to school tomorrow.'"Jake Johnson, "Dope as Usual"His mother's statement was so out of the blue, it completely baffled Johnson. He shared that growing up there was no question about his mother's authority. "When she said something — just how it went down."You would think a day off school would be every kid's dream, but the 10-year-old Johnson was disappointed for a surprising reason.He Begged His Mother to Change Her MindThe next day, Jake Johnson's school had a special field trip planned.His whole grade was going to go to 'little Vietnam' in the city. Growing up in "the burbs," he had been looking forward to it for sometime.Johnson humorously quipped about how exciting field trips are at that age: "it's just all eating candy and f*****g around and I really wanted to do it."The 10-year-old Johnson pleaded with his mother. While he trusted her completely, he wondered if it would be OK for him to go on the field trip. Because of the early pick up time and late drop off time, he argued on a technicality that he wouldn't be "at" school.She Wasn't Entirely ConvincedThere was a reasonable amount of back and forth. "When do you leave?" she asked. "First thing in the morning!" Johnson replied."When do you come back?" she asked. "3:00!" Johnson urged."[My mom] goes, 'You're not in the school at all?'. I tell her 'No. We get dropped off we get on the bus and we come back at the end of the day.''Jake JohnsonAfter carefully considering it, Johnson's mother ultimately decided it was safe to allow her son to go on the field trip.The next day, the unthinkable happened."This is a true story," Johnson reminds the podcast host before proceeding to reveal what happened next.Her Intuition Couldn’t Have Been More RightNewspapers.comThe saying "you dodged a bullet" is often used in extreme hyperbole, but this is one time, the phrase could not have been more spot on.In an utterly devastating and tragic turn of events — while Johnson and his classmates were far away, eating candy in little Vietnam — the elementary school he attended faced a devastating incident.In his own words, Johnson recounts the incident."May 20th, 1988 a woman walks into my Elementary School through the door that my class was in. I used to get into a lot of trouble as a kid. I used to always talk and so the teacher pushed me in the far right corner so I sat away from the other kids and I was right by the door. A woman walked into the school wearing a robe and nothing underneath. I know me. Especially in 4th grade. I would have commented. I would have said something. I would have tried to show off. I would have tried to get laughs. There's no question. [My classroom] was empty. She walked through. Walked down the hall. Walked into another room. Shot 7 kids — killed one of them." Jake JohnsonThe True Story Behind the Shocking School ShootingOn May 20th 1988, in the town of Winnetka, Laurie Dann entered a second-grade classroom with the claim of educating students about guns. Instead, she proceeded to open fire, resulting in the tragic death of one student and injuries to five others. This horrifying school shooting marked the end of a series of peculiar and violent actions exhibited by a woman grappling with mental illness.Always Follow Your InstinctsThis heartbreaking and shocking story truly reminds us all how valuable it is to follow your instincts, no matter how bizarre they may seem."To this day my mom cannot explain why she didn't want me to go to school.. she later told me: 'I just had a feeling in my gut that if my kid goes to school you'll never see him again.'"Jake Johnson, "Dope As Usual"Even though Eve Johnson's instincts totally came out of left field, something was telling her to trust that voice inside her head, and it made all the difference.Psychology has tried to explain the science behind gut feelings. Some believe intuition is the result of "subconscious processing based on past experiences and emotions."Some people, like Jake and Eve Johnson can't say exactly what it is. But no matter where it comes from, what's most important is that when you "feel it," you follow it.More from Goalcast:Rich Actor Finds Little Boy in Dumpster and Invites Him Over to Her House for Christmas – He Ends Up Completely Changing Her LifeWoman Does 26 Random Acts of Kindness for Each Life Lost in School Shooting — Ripple Effects of This Generosity Still FeltBeloved Janitor Tragically Slain in Nashville School Shooting — Community Rises up and Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars in His Honor

Single Moms Biggest Fear Is Regarding Her 14-Year-Old Son - So His Teacher Makes Her an Offer
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Single Moms Biggest Fear Is Regarding Her 14-Year-Old Son - So His Teacher Makes Her an Offer

In a world often filled with challenges, heartbreaks, and seemingly insurmountable odds, there shines a beacon of selflessness and love that has the power to warm the coldest of hearts. Meet Kerry Bremer, not just a special education teacher, but a guardian angel in human form.The Offer One Teacher Made to a Student’s MotherKerry's journey with Jake Manning, a vibrant 14-year-old with Down syndrome, began four years ago when she stepped into the role of his special education teacher. Describing Jake as "dynamic," Kerry sensed a deeper connection beyond the classroom and that she "fell in love with him instantly." As fate would have it, she learned that Jake's mother, Jean Manning, was battling terminal breast cancer that had cruelly metastasized into her brain.Fully aware of the impending challenges for Jake, Kerry initiated a courageous conversation with the single mother. "I could really be overstepping the boundaries here, but I just want to let you know that if you need a backup plan for Jake, my family and I are willing to offer guardianship," Kerry expressed to Jean. Tears welled up in Jean's eyes as relief washed over her, grateful for Kerry's unwavering offer. "She said, 'I'll sleep better tonight than I have in a very long time.'" Jean's deepest fear — what would happen to Jake after she passed — found a compassionate answer in Kerry's pledge.This remarkable story is a testament to the incredible power of human connection. Despite knowing the Mannings for just a few months, Kerry, along with her husband Dave and their children, made a life-altering decision. For them, opening their home to Jake was not just an act of kindness; it was a profound commitment grounded in love.How One Mother Orchestrated a Symphony of LoveOn November 13, tragedy struck as Jean Manning passed away. But amidst the sorrow, Kerry and her family fulfilled Jean's final wish — they welcomed Jake into their home. "I'm terribly sad that Jake doesn't have his mom to be with him for the rest of his life," Kerry shared with CNN. "But I'm very, very grateful that she trusted us to take him and be with him and share our home with him."Jean's courageous planning over the last three years facilitated Jake's transition to his new family. Despite the suddenness of her death, Jake, understandingly in his innocent wisdom, acknowledges that his mom is now in heaven with God and his aunts. In the Bremer household, Jake has found solace, affectionately calling Jean his "Queen Angel Mom."Kerry and Dave were officially named Jake's legal guardians in May, with the possibility of adoption on the horizon. A GoFundMe campaign to support Jake has garnered immense attention, nearing its $50,000 goal in just five days. But for Kerry, the true hero of this narrative is Jean Manning, a mother who, in the face of her own mortality, orchestrated a symphony of love and care for her son's future.In a world that often echoes with tales of hardship, Kerry and Jean's story radiates as a testament to the enduring power of love, compassion, and the indomitable human spirit.Through the lens of this family, we are reminded that even in life's most challenging moments, kindness can prevail, and bonds formed in selflessness can withstand the tests of time. The world needs more stories like this, stories that whisper hope, resilience, and the extraordinary impact of a single act of love.More from Goalcast:Woman Sits Next to Pregnant Stranger on Flight – Ends Up Adopting Her Newborn BabyWoman Has a Dream About the Same Baby for Months – Fights to Adopt Her Husband’s Dead Ex-wife’s SonTwo Sisters Reunited After 75 Years After Being Put Up for Adoption After World War II

Little Boy With Autism Fails Test - So His Teacher Writes Him a Letter That Broke His Mom
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Little Boy With Autism Fails Test - So His Teacher Writes Him a Letter That Broke His Mom

Teachers have a big impact on our kids. Children spend hours every day in the classroom, so having someone who cares and who is passionate in charge of their learning makes all the difference. Especially when we have sensitive children or those with special needs. That’s why one teacher’s unique way of letting a student know he had failed a test struck a chord. The boy's mom was so touched that she shared the note on social media, where it has since gone viral. An Uplifting Note Ben Twist was a sixth-grade student at Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College in St. Helens. The school is for children with special needs, and in Grade 2 they take Stage 1 of a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Then, in Grade 6 they take another version of it. Ben was diagnosed with autism when he was five. And when he was in Grade 6, he was the only child in the school to take the SAT. Unfortunately, he failed, but the boy’s teacher, Ms. Ruth Clarkson, wanted to ensure that Ben knew exactly what that meant. So she wrote a note home explaining it. “A very important piece of information,” she wrote. “I want you to understand these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important, and you have done so well, but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents.” The educator then listed some of Ben’s other attributes, such as his ability to work in a team, his kindness, his independence, and his ability to express his opinion. “These are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely bright young man,” Clarkson continued. “Well done Ben, we are very proud of you.” Going Viral When Ben’s mom, Gail Twist, read the note, she was moved to tears and posted it on Twitter for everyone else to read. There, more than 11,000 people liked it and it was shared nearly six thousand times. “I just didn't expect it at all,” she told ABC News. “For someone to take the time to think about it and write that, it shocked me. It just broke me. It's great when there's something positive to share about such a wonderful teacher.” She added how Ben thought the letter was awesome, and how all of the teachers at the school — including the five in Ben’s class — are standout examples of what educators should be. “Ben is sensitive, and he does worry about things, and I wish more schools did things like this,” she told the Liverpool Echo. “He is all of the things they wrote about him – he is an amazing person. I think their words will stay with him if we keep reminding him what they said about him… It’s just a beautiful thing to do.” Focusing On the Positive Sometimes in life we can become consumed with things like not passing a test, going through a layoff, not getting the job we want, or other perceived failures. But Ms. Clarkson reminds all of us that there is so much more to us than one little thing. It’s a beautiful reminder in life to try and focus on the positives, even when the negatives tend to stick out. There are silver linings if we take time to look and remember the old saying, “This too shall pass.” We’re quick to point out all of the good and positive things for other people in our lives, but this story reminds us that we should also remember to do that for ourselves. No one is perfect, nor should we strive for perfection. Instead, so long as we remember to be good people and to love one another, we’re all going to be okay. More from Goalcast: Teacher Hand Delivers Free Lunches to His Students at Their House – But That Wasn’t All He Brought Teacher Asks Her Low Income Students to Submit Christmas Wishes – What She Reads Breaks Her Heart Parents Find Out Their 9-Year-Old Son Has Given $15 to His Teacher – The Reason Why Brings Them to Tears

Mom Has Perfect Response to Teacher Who Called Her Sons Lunches Disgusting - Then She Receives a Shocking Email
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Mom Has Perfect Response to Teacher Who Called Her Sons Lunches Disgusting - Then She Receives a Shocking Email

It's 2024 and it's look like some people still haven't gotten the memo we need to be inclusive of every culture.What's even more disappointing is when these "misunderstanding" people are the ones who are responsible for educating the future leaders of tomorrow!The internet was furious when one loving Korean mother, was schooled by her son's teacher (so to speak). Yes, one preschool teacher claimed this mom packed "inappropriate" lunches for her son. The only problem? They weren't really inappropriate at all. These lunches were totally standard for Korean culture. Here's how one Korean mom — who went be the alias flowergardens0 — decided to handle the situation.And here's why Reddit users are backing her up.One Mother Turned To Reddit — They Were InfuriatedWhen it came to standing up for herself, the 34-year-old mom aka flowergardens0 wanted to make sure she didn't cross the line. She knew parent-teacher relationships have an unspoken, delicate balance. So, she decided to "ask the judges." This fierce mama turned to the popular Reddit thread "AITA?" to ask for a little bit of guidance.The acronym AITA humorously stands for "Am I The A**hole?" The Reddit thread is a safe online space for users to anonymously get honest feedback to see if they handled a difficult situation correctly. She wanted to make sure she didn't overreact — because if she did, she wanted to make it right.Here’s What She Wanted to Know:"I (34F) have a (5M) son who attends preschool. A few hours after I picked him up from school today, I got a phone call from his teacher. She made absolutely no effort to sound kind when she, in an extremely rude and annoyed tone, told me to stop packing my son such “disgusting and inappropriate” lunches.I felt absolutely appalled when she said this, as me and the teacher have, up until now, always maintained a very friendly relationship. She added that the lunches I’m packing my son are “very distracting for the other students and have an unpleasant odor.” I told her that I understand her concerns, as the lunches I pack are definitely not the healthiest, but the lunches are according to my son’s preferences."Even though she was taken aback by the teacher's surprising overstep, she took a deep breath and did her best to try and reason with her.How One Mother Responded to a Teacher’s ComplaintsShe responded by saying she "very much appreciated her worries, but that at the end of the day, I am not going to drastically change my sons’ lunches all of a sudden."Flowergardens0 correctly asserted that it’s not her fault if other students are “distracted” by his meal. "It is very important to me what my son enjoys, and I want him to like my lunches."Reddit/ flowergardens0After the call ended, this mother felt confident in her choice of words.Then she received a follow up email that made her question whether or not she did the right thing.The Teacher Wouldn’t Let It Go — She Called Her Response “Unacceptable”The teacher wasn't happy with the boundaries flowergardens0 set down. So she sent an email telling flowergardens0 her response was “unacceptable.”She went on to write her son's lunches are “just too inappropriate to be sent to school any longer.” Unsure what to do next, flowergardens0 bravely put herself out there on Reddit and got a bigger response than she could have ever imagined and all the comments were unanimous."I want to maintain a healthy relationship with my son’s teachers. I am confused as to what to do. AITA?"Reddit/ flowergardens0“She’s Too Inappropriate to Be Teaching at the School Any Longer.”Even though she wasn't sure if she did the right thing, the votes were in. It was quickly revealed she was "NTA" or in other words "not the a**hole." This teacher definitely crossed the line."The other kids are bullying your kid""This teacher isn't teaching these kids to accept differences"Protecting Her Son’s “Preferences”One of the more interesting takeaways of this story is even though the other kids in his class were complaining about his lunches, her 5-year-old son was not. He didn't ask his mom to switch it up and pack him ham sandwiches instead of kimchi and sriracha dishes.Even though he was so young, this little boy still knew who he was. He knew what he liked, and "trying to fit in" wasn't going to change that.This mom obviously did a good job raising her son. So it's no surprise she reflected the same confidence. When this teacher tried to shame her, she stood her ground and stood by her son's preferences.It may been picked up from a drive-thru window, but that didn't make his meal any less happy!A Lesson in Clapping Back, RespectfullyAs much as we want them to be, our kids aren't always on the right side of history.In every parent's life there will be many times their children will be wrong. Yes, it's important to recognize their missteps and help them make amends.That being said, there will also be times when our children need us to stand up for them. Just because an authority figure isn't happy with their choices — or ours for that matter — doesn't mean it's right.Sure, this teacher may not have been fully attune to her actions. But from the outside looking in? It seems like she was using her power position to intimidate a student's parent and get her way.Thankfully, this mama stood her ground and hopefully helped this teacher realize that instead of trying to make one student change their habits to make others more "comfortable," there is an awesome opportunity to teach all her students a powerful lesson about including everyone.More from Goalcast:

Teen Wont Stop Misbehaving in Class - So His Dad Threatens Him With a Lesson Hell Never Forget
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Teen Wont Stop Misbehaving in Class - So His Dad Threatens Him With a Lesson Hell Never Forget

Parenting takes a lot of love, patience, and creativity, among other things. Especially when your children leave the house and fail to make great choices. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to teach your kids to be good people, they’ll still misbehave at school or with friends.That was what one dad was facing with his teen son. The dad was repeatedly getting notes about his kid’s misbehavior in class, so he decided to finally do something about it. What he did, however, quickly went viral.A Problem at SchoolSeventeen-year-old Bradley Howard had been getting into trouble at school. He was talking too much during physics class and disrupting the lessons. The teacher wrote home several times and spoke with Bradley’s parents, Brad and Denise Howard.As most parents would do, they spoke with Bradley and explained why he needed to stop chatting so much. Finally, Brad threatened his son.“If you do this again, if we get another note from your teacher, I'm going to come up there and sit with you in class,” Brad recalled telling his son to NBC News. Whether Bradley forgot or didn’t think his pops was serious, lo and behold, the parents received yet another notification that their son was chatting it up. Brad knew he had to make good on his threat.A Memorable School DayA few days later, Brad, a pastor, geared up for what he was about to do.“Friday is my only day off, so my wife wakes me up and says, 'Brad, it's time for you to go to school.' I thought, 'Oh no, what have I done?'" the father told BuzzFeed News.Brad got ready and headed to physics class, where Bradley had no idea he'd be. When he walked into his class, it took him a moment to realize his dad was there.“We didn't tell him anything," Brad told NBC News. “I was in the classroom sitting beside his chair when he walked in. He didn't see me at first. Then he was shocked.”As most teens would, Bradley died of embarrassment. No kid that age wants their parents showing up on their turf. His classmates had a different opinion though.“I think they had a good time. Especially knowing that Bradley was put in an uncomfortable situation,” Brad confessed to BuzzFeed News.A Lesson Goes ViralBrad took a selfie with his son as proof to his wife that he had actually shown up. But the couple’s daughter and Bradley’s sister, Molli, thought it was hilarious. She posted the photo online, and it went viral. Eventually, Brad also posted it.“Just making good on a promise,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.Since then, plenty of people have commended Brad on his positive but impactful parenting choice. Even TV personality Montel Williams joined in, writing, “This is awesome!!! One dad to another, well done ;).”Although the family got a laugh over their moment of fame, Brad wanted to reiterate that the moral of this story is that his lesson worked. At least for now.“I pray it was a one-time thing,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I don’t think I’d ever do it again.”Parenting With LoveThere are many ways to parent and ways that work for each family and their specific circumstances. But one thing that viral parenting stories like these all seem to have in common is that the mom or dad in question tries to teach a valuable life lesson that comes from a place of love. These stories are also classics that the families will probably look back on one day and laugh about.However you parent, one thing we can all agree on is that it takes a village. Parenting can be just as hard as it is rewarding, but hopefully, everyone grows from these experiences.No one is perfect, including kids. But when you parent with love and show your kids that you’ll be there no matter what (even if it means accompanying them to class!) odds are they’ll turn out pretty great. More from Goalcast:Furious Mom Punishes Her Suspended Son in a Unique Way – The Result Is AstonishingMom Has Enough of 13-Year-Old Son’s Entitled Behavior – So She Draws Up a Contract to Teach Him a LessonDaughter Refuses to Clean Her Room – So Her Mom Puts All Her Things in Garbage Bags to Teach Her a Lesson