Price Lawrence was teaching his sixth-grade students at Highlands Elementary in Huntsville, Alabama when they noticed he was a little off. The kids asked what was wrong and the first-year teacher explained that his father-in-law had passed away over the weekend. He explained that he was worried about his wife’s well-being and the students told him they were sorry.
As the students were leaving and he was giving out high-fives and hugs, one girl put something in his hand. “This is for your wife,” she told him. “I know it was real expensive when my daddy died and I don’t want ice cream today anyways.”
The girl gave him the three quarters she was planning to use to buy ice cream that day. But instead she wanted to pay-it-forward for her teacher’s wife. Lawrence shared the act of compassion as a reminder of all we can learn from children.