“I expect big things from you and it’s going to be OK," the man told the teen
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 8, 2021. It has since been updated.
Graduation is a special day for students but not all are fortunate to have an opportunity to celebrate it with their friends and family. It was a lonely graduation day for a teen in Alabama. He was left all alone, sitting by himself after the other students left. But thanks to a kindhearted teacher, It soon turned into one of the happiest days in his life, reported the Good News Network.
Bessemer City High School held its annual graduation ceremony and Dominque Moore was one of the teachers involved in coordinating the event. After the ceremony had ended, Dominique was cleaning up when he noticed a student still sitting there by himself.
“I know his moods and I knew he wasn’t himself. I asked him, ‘Where are your people?’ and he was like, ‘Nobody’s here," Moore told AL.com. The teacher explained that he didn't know how to react at first so he told the teen, “I expect big things from you and it’s going to be OK.” Moore still had some hope that someone would show up eventually to at least give him a ride home but no one did. The teacher then offered to do it himself and decided to take him out to eat at any restaurant of his choice. They ended up at the Cheesecake Factory, and enjoyed a hearty meal and dessert to celebrate the graduate’s achievement, reported the Good News Network.
Initially, it was very emotional for both of them but soon they were having a great time together. Moore never asked the teen why his family did not attend the ceremony as what was important to him was that the young man felt appreciated for what he had accomplished. Later that evening, Moore took to Facebook to share a photo and some thoughts on the event. He explained that he doesn’t normally post about these situations, as they are all too common in his profession, but that something inside urged him to share this experience. He then shared his Cash App ID in the post ($mooredaeducator) for anyone who may want to be a “blessing” to this young man. Soon many strangers donated and Moore was able to collect more than $5,000 for the teen. He then took the teen to open a bank account with the money and is now hoping to help him buy a car and save up to attend college one day, reported the Good News Network.
“I’m feeling amazing, that so many people would bless him in the way they have. He has received a great deal of funds which have been turned over to a financial advisor," Moore said. He further shared that he hopes the story will remind people what is truly important and give hope to those who are struggling. “We take people and life for granted. Even though we have bad, in this moment it shows that mankind is good," he added, according to the Good News Network.