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‘My student from 10 years ago messaged me. ‘Miss Silva, I’m applying for my Doctorate and Master’s Degree.’⁣ I cried.⁣’: Teacher urges ‘he is much more than the color many cannot see past’

“In a world that told him he would not amount to much because he was a black boy, he kept going.⁣ In a society that told him he was not worth much because he had dreadlocks and wore his pants a bit low, he kept going.⁣ He defied the odds, and then he crushed them.⁣”

‘We received a knock on the door by a local sheriff. ‘We’re taking all your things.’ The movers packed our belongings into cardboard boxes.’: Homeless student becomes high school, college graduate

“Tears streamed down my mother’s face as she begged them to stop. As I stood outside the place that defined my existence, my vision blurred. ‘I have to be strong,’ I thought, looking on at my 6 younger siblings, averting my eyes to hide my watery gaze. A family of 9, we were forced into a one-bedroom Motel 6. The eviction robbed more than just my shelter.”

‘As I was driving by, I saw a student sitting on the sidewalk with his laptop open. ‘Are you trying to do schoolwork?’ I had to turn around.’: Teacher says ‘have mercy on students, school may only be a small part of their struggle’

“Sitting on the ground outside of a Subway, he told me his dad does concrete work. His company has threatened to shut down, so having internet at home is not a priority right now. This young man is TRYING, but life is hard right now.”

‘This virus will spread and turn awful.’ I didn’t want him to see me cry. He pulled me to him. I covered his shirt with tears.’: Covid-19 forces college student to leave school, boyfriend, ‘The two things I craved most were taken from me’

“We both confessed our love for each other. It was so cute. Every time I think about it, it just makes me happy. Then, boom! Coronavirus shows up and changes everything. I felt as though I had started loving someone for no reason. I was emotionally drained. It hurts me daily.”

‘If you could, can you give my bonus points away to whoever scores the lowest?’: History teacher touched by student’s act of kindness, ‘I was the one taught a lesson that day’

“It’s a mild, dreary February day in southeast Kentucky. It’s WWII exam day. 50 multiple choice questions, 100 points. Exams are distributed, students read and bubble, time passes. One student hands me his answer sheet and turns. As he walks away, I notice an asterisked note across the page. ‘Wait, what?’ So many questions rush in.”

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