Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Florida, described the entire story on Facebook, where it has been continually updated.
The boy’s school was holding ‘College Colors Day’, where students were required to dress up in the colours or gear that represent their favourite university.
The young boy, who was a huge fan of the University of Tennessee, was caught short as he realised he did not own any gear to prove his support. Using his youthful creative flare, he decided to wear an orange t-shirt and pinned a hand-drawn picture of the University logo on the front.
Snyder relayed in her post he had been ecstatic.
“Last week, my elementary school participated in college colors day. When I told my students about this day a week before, this particular child came to me and told me that he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt, but he didn’t have one.
We discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit. He told me every day leading up to it that he had an orange shirt that he was going to wear.”
On the day, he arrived overjoyed with his idea. However, soon after lunchtime, Snyder described how she had found the boy crying in the classroom, after a bunch of girls had teased him about his homemade merchandise.
“After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying. Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt”, she recalled.
“He was DEVASTATED. I know kids can be cruel, I am aware that it’s not the fanciest sign, BUT this kid used the resources he had available to him to participate in a spirit day (one that I celebrated all week: Go Noles)!”
Touched by his emotions, the teacher decided to do the impossible. At the end of her Facebook post she added she wanted to get the boy an official University of Tennessee shirt. She appealed to anyone who had connections to make the endeavour extra special for her pupil.
To her delight, the University pulled through and delivered a giant parcel to the young boy. Snyder wrote in a separate post showing pictures of the boy surrounded by the goods “My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box. He proudly put on the Jersey and one of the many hats in the box.”
The box was filled with everything from jerseys to water bottles, hats and notepads.
However, the university didn’t just stop there. Inspired by his pride for the college, they decided to take his original drawing of the university logo and created an official T-shirt, with a portion of the proceeds going towards an anti-bullying charity.
Snyder added to the Facebook post:
I’m not even sure I can put into words his reaction. It was so heartwarming.
My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box. He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people.
When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped.
The University actually tweeted, saying the demand for the t-shirts was so high, it caused the site to crash.
Even at a young age, this boy has been touched by the kindness the world can offer, which in this world can be as simple as a story on Facebook.
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