Although teaching is probably one of the toughest jobs out there, it does come with many wonderful benefits. However, a huge salary isn’t exactly one of them.
Each day, there’s a lot of work to be done.
Educating children in one room with varying abilities and knowledge, along with being disciplinarians, too, means teachers pour their hearts and souls into the classroom every day.
Some days they end up frustrated; other days they see that lightbulb turn on or kids helping others and they’re reminded just why they decided to become a teacher.
Some students come to school hungry. Some arrive heartbroken. Some face abuse and neglect.
Teachers aren’t just teachers anymore. Sometimes they’re the only stable thing in a kid’s life.
Nine-year-old Parker Williams absolutely adores his third-grade teacher, Mrs. Chambers. The tow-headed little boy attends Gorrie Elementary in Tampa, Fla.
So when Parker delightedly received cash for his birthday, he decided not to splurge on himself. No new toy or game for this boy.
Instead, the kindhearted and compassionate kid decided to pay forward the kindness his teacher Mary Hall Chambers has shown him so far this school year.
He gave her a raise.
Parker told WFLA News:
“Well, I think she’s a really kind teacher, and she has her own way of teaching, and she spends time on everybody. I think more people should be nice. It’s just a better thing to do than being mean.”
Parker shocked Mrs. Chambers when he arrived at school with a thank you note for being his role model and his $15 birthday money was enclosed.
“Dear Mrs. Chambers: I don’t think that teachers get paid enough for what they do, so will you accept this gift?”
Parker’s mom Jennifer knows how sweet her son is, but his generous act of compassion toward his teacher left her awestruck. She had no idea what he was up to.
“The first reaction was my eyes welling up with tears.”
Mrs. Chambers was touched by Parker’s gesture. But, she sweetly and gently returned his $15 and explained that she couldn’t keep it.
“I can’t accept this, but appreciate the gesture, Parker. Students like you are the reason I teach.”
She said she was surprised by what her student had done.
“He just handed it to me and walked back to his desk, and he was just very nonchalant about it.”
Even though his raise for Mrs. Chambers was returned, Parker’s feelings weren’t hurt. In fact, the kind words she reciprocated warmed his heart.
“It made me feel really nice and good.”
Darrell Williams, Parker’s dad, shared a picture of his son’s note on Facebook where people fawned over the boy’s sweetness.
“I just got choked up on it, I showed my wife, I’m like, ‘Look at this,’ and she did the same. And so we had a great parenting moment at that point.”
Sarah Nail Weaver commented about how adorable this was.
“Omg…that is the cutest thing ever. Love that Parker!”
Hans Jensen commended Darrell and Jennifer as parents of the little boy who quickly became famous for his gift.
“Great parents raise kind thoughtful kids! Great work you two!”
Frank Javi Martinez held Parker up as a terrific example for others to follow.
“That’s awesome! We need more kids like Parker in this world!”
It’s true, having more people on this planet like Parker would make it a better place. Wasn’t that such a heartwarming gesture?