Teacher gives student shoes off his own feet for graduation ceremony

Published: Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

FILE PHOTO: A teacher in Virginia gave his shoes to a student when the fifth grader's shoes broke right before graduation.
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FILE PHOTO: A teacher in Virginia gave his shoes to a student when the fifth grader's shoes broke right before graduation.(Goumbik/Pixabay)

One student almost didn’t take the last steps of elementary school. But thanks to a selfless teacher, he was able to walk across the stage with pride.

A fifth grader’s shoes broke just before the graduation ceremony at George Mason Elementary School started. The student and his mother tried to fix the shoes with some art supplies, WTVR reported, but the quick repairs didn’t work.

Luckily, Vohn Lewis, a teacher at the Richmond school, was able to lend a hand, or, rather, a  shoe.

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Both Lewis and the student wore the same size shoe, the “Today” show reported.

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Lewis is a substitute teacher who started at George Mason Elementary in February and he’s a mentor with the Brothers United Mentoring program that helps guide young men of color.

Lewis has a mission at the school.

“If I see a child with a shoe untied or a collar messed up, I can’t just sit there and let him walk by or walk by,” Lewis told WTVR. “I’ll definitely walk up to them and let them know, and that’s just me.”

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The educator and mentor hopes he made an impression on the student that will encourage him to follow in Lewis’ steps.

“I told him that he had to make a promise to me because it was nothing for me to do something like that for him. But he has to keep in mind that one day he’s going to be in the position of Mr. Lewis and he has to do the same thing,” Lewis told WTVR.

“People will never forget how you make them feel. Character is so important in life. You should always be willing to give and always willing to be a blessing to someone else,” Lewis told WRC.