Aside from family, teachers are the people that spend the most time with our children. They're incredible forces of nature that are capable of wrangling 20-30 kids at any given time. That's not something to be taken lightly. Trying to get two kids dressed for school in the morning is nothing compared to getting a couple of dozen ready for gym class. But, the sad fact is that the majority of teachers are overworked and underpaid. One 9-year-old took matters into his own hands by giving his teacher a raise out of his own pocket. According to ABC NY News, Parker Williams lives by the mantra, "Pay it forward."
So, when he received money for his birthday, the Tampa, Florida youngster decided to do something really great with it. Instead of going out to the store and buying his own body weight in candy, he generously gifted it to his teacher. To everyone else, it was an overwhelmingly kind gesture that's seldom seen. To Parker, it was just another day. Taking his $15, he wrote a note to his teacher that read, "Dear Mrs. Chambers, I don't think teachers get paid enough for what they do, so will you accept this as a gift?"
Talking to a local news station, Parker said that Mrs. Chambers is a "really kind teacher", who "spends time on everybody." It was only when Parker's mom found the returned note in his backpack that she realized what was going on. Mrs. Chambers politely declined the gift, writing, "I can't accept this, but appreciate the gesture, Parker. Students like you are the reason I teach." Jennifer Williams said she was so proud of her son that her eyes welled up as soon as she saw it.
It's no secret that teachers deserve to be paid more. The average starting salary in the United States is nothing compared to the number of hours they put in. Parker knows it, and so does everyone else. The youngster wasn't upset by his teacher's unwillingness to take his $15 but pleased that he had made a difference. "It made me feel really nice and good," he said. "I think more people should be nice."
In conclusion, we should all aim to be a little more like Parker.