If kids are the future, then teachers are the universe’s guiding force. You can’t put a price on a good education, which makes America’s teachers an invaluable resource. It’s not an easy job, especially when you’re tasked with shaping the minds of younger kids. Babysitting a pair eight-year-olds is taxing enough, imagine being responsible for 25 of them.
New to school and easily distracted, first-graders are a tricky group to manage. It’s a tall order to wrangle their attention and get these kids excited about learning. You have to really love what you do and be willing to go that extra mile for your students. On the last day of school, elementary school teacher, ShaRee Castlebury, went above and beyond for her class - and nailed it.
Castlebury teaches first grade in Lawton, Oklahoma. Recently, she was looking for something special to do for her kids on their last day of school. She had seen other teachers in the past make quilts out of their student’s artwork, and wanted to do something in the same vein. Lacking any sewing skills, Castlebury had the wonderfully creative idea to have her kids decorate a plain white dress.
“I fall in love with them, and then you have to push them on, and I wanted to do something to hold onto that,” Castlebury told local newspaper, The Lawton Constitution.
Armed with multicolored markers, her kids excitedly added their own personal touch to the dress. After the garment was properly doodled, Castlebury doned it for a one-of-a-kind outfit.
Castlebury made sure every student signed her dress as well.
She intends to make the doodle dress a tradition, an annual activity that she will do with each incoming class.
Castlebury also plans to wear the dress again on the first day of the school next year, as a nice little glimpse into what her new students can expect.
Kudos to this inventive teacher for going above-and-beyond to put a smile on her student's faces.
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