A kindergarten teacher on the last day of school shows up in a dress filled with her student's drawings.
The relationship and bond that exists between teacher and their students is beyond precious. The teacher is the first person outside of parents who is given the responsibility of guiding students. A teacher's attitude and intentions have a huge impact on a student's personality. If the teachers approach the students with compassion, empathy and love, then they will grow up with those attributes. Heather Stansberry—who goes by @heatherstansberryy on Instagram—understood the huge responsibility on her shoulders being a kindergarten teacher. She approached it with honesty and affection, resulting in a deep bond with her students. Therefore, when her first class was supposed to graduate, she wanted to take a memory with her. This led to her hatching an adorable plan.
The class was special for Stansberry as it was the first one she ever taught. These were the first students, that she took care of, showered love on and received so much more than she ever expected in return. It was bittersweet for her to see the children leave and move on to the next grade. She was sad that this was probably the end of the road for them as teachers and students, but was happy that the children would apply her learning in the next grade and life. The teacher wanted to make the graduation special, so she brought herself a white dress.
Stansberry knew that many students in her class loved drawing, so she decided to give them a chance to showcase that talent. She shared in her video, "A few weeks ago, I told my first class ever that they would be allowed to color on my white dress for the last day of school." She took the dress to the class and asked the children to paint on it. The dress was the perfect canvas as it was completely white, to highlight the drawings. She promised them that, she would don the dress, on their last day.
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The teacher captured her student's reactions in the video. At first, she is seen with an overcoat on her dress, which obviously disappointed the students as they wanted to see the drawings on the dress. One of them asked sadly, "You forgot to wear the dress." Heather then revealed the dress by coming out of the overcoat, with a wide grin on her face. The cheers around, clearly indicated that the children were extremely happy with the result. When one of the children said, that their drawings were in the back, Heather did a graceful twirl to give them a full view. There were turtles, rainbows, houses and everything under the sea on the canvas. The children truly let their imaginations fly.
Stansberry is not the first teacher to put this idea to use. Haley Curfman, a teacher from Blackwell, Oklahoma also did this with her students. She shared with Today what her children felt about the dress and their work, "My students were proud every time they saw it, and they should be because they put a lot of thought into their drawings and kind words."
Heather ended the video by saying, "I wanted to thank you guys for putting, all your pretty drawings on my dress." She was extremely happy to have this souvenir, and in the process gave students an experience they will never forget. The comment section loved the whole idea. @mintpassport appreciated the teacher and her efforts, "The kids are never going to forget her and her kindness! That's a core memory formed for a lifetime." @pfrancoforte shared her own experience, "I did this my first year of teaching in 1972. I brought fabric to school and let them draw on it. Then I made a dress and wore it to the open house. They were thrilled!"
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