On this particular day, two 5th grade girls walked into the classroom. They were holding a small Tupperware bin with the room number and teacher written on top. One girl explained to me that this classroom had currently raised over $400 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma fundraiser. The box was to go back in the room to see if any more money could be collected. I silenced the class to allow the girls to present the students with this announcement.
When the kids heard the news, they cheered. I allowed them to applaud and be overjoyed at their accomplishment. I smiled and clapped as well. The girls left the box on the teacher's desk and exited to go to the next classroom. Two boys quietly approached the Tupperware and stuck their hands in their pockets. The first boy dropped a few singles inside while the other tucked in a $5 bill. I looked on in awe.
"Did you boys bring this money from home, or did you have it in your pocket?" I asked.
"I got it from home," said the first boy.
"I just took some money from my wallet," the other boy told me. They walked back to their seats, and I just stood there staring after them.
Such a generous, touching moment I am happy I got to be a part of. I know it seems as if what happened was nothing, but it speaks volumes about these boys. Cute little 5th graders donating their well deserved money. You don't see that everyday. I'd be curious to know the grand total in the classroom this time around if everyone continues to be as giving as the two boys.