The teacher had her students create art in their favorite colors only to surprise them later with a wholesome gift.
Education is fun when you have a cool teacher. Many teachers go the extra mile to make learning interesting for their kids with creative activities. Some even spend time outside their working hours to arrange special surprises for the children. Mrs.White (@teachingwithmrswhite) is one such fun teacher who is popular on TikTok for her "life of a teacher" kind of content. She recently posted a video of her second-grade students' wholesome reaction to receiving a surprise gift for Christmas. The viral video gained over 40 million views with thousands of social media users rallying around the teacher and her mom's brilliant idea.
In the video, Mrs.White embodied the holiday spirit by wearing a cheerful Christmas sweater. She captioned her post, "Finally gave my students their Christmas presents!" Speaking to her second-graders, the teacher said: "So do y'all remember when I asked y'all to color a picture of a hat and I said it was gonna be for a bulletin board? Well, Miss White might have fibbed a little bit, but I took all of your papers and gave them to my mom." It was her mom's idea to surprise the kids by bringing the hat pictures to life.
"My mom turned your drawings into actual hats," said Mrs.White and instantly the little ones shouted in excitement, "No way!" "What!" "Hurray!" The teacher announced that she was going to distribute the children's drawings back to them along with their respective hats. "She (mom) tried to match the colors as closely as possible," mentioned Mrs.White and the kids can be heard giggling and screaming. Mrs.White added, "So all of you will have a hat to wear to keep your little heads warm for the winter." She then started to give away the wonderful presents. When the teacher told her students that she was going to send the video of their reactions to her mom, the second-graders harmoniously conveyed their gratitude to the knitter saying, "Thank you, Mrs.Bell."
More than 36k comments swarmed in and people were cheerful about the teacher and her mom's heartwarming gesture to the kids. "My daughter is not a teacher but I’d totally buy a knitting machine and do this for a teacher’s kiddos!" commented @nels52366."I don't know [why] this makes me want to cry. Teachers are truly not appreciated enough," wrote @haven369. "I promise you they’ll keep those hats for forever. I definitely would have. Super awesome," lauded @itsmoviemanny.
Amongst the thousands of appreciative comments, some folks pointed out that the knitted hats were missing the pompoms on top, unlike the picture the kids had colored. Mrs.White posted a follow-up video where she told her mom, Melanie Bell, about people wondering about the missing pompoms. Mrs.Bell, who was also a teacher, said: "I tried to make pom poms. I'm not good at pom poms and it became a huge hassle. So I decided no on the pom poms." The daughter tried to convince the mom that there were YouTube videos that show how easily pompoms can be made but the mother smilingly replied, "It didn't work out," and moved on. Pompoms or no pompoms, the mom and daughter made the day for the kids by creating a core memory for them.