A high school in Washington state decided to film a unique project aimed at giving students some positive encouragement — and the touching results are getting a lot of attention.
David Walk, a staff member at the Clarkston School District in Clarkson, Washington, recently came up with a fun idea: He would encourage teachers at Clarkston High School to choose one or two students who inspire them; then, each teacher would shower the teens with positive words, while Walk filmed the teens’ reactions.
The end result might have you grabbing for some tissues.
“I originally was doing it for the students … we’re all about the students … that’s why it was important,” Walk told Faithwire on Friday. “The teachers were behind the camera. The most important thing (is) to let the kids know that they inspire us every single day to come to work. I don’t think they hear that enough.”
Walk, who works as an intervention specialist with at-risk kids at the local middle school, decided to use his video talents to make the project happen. It’s part of a wider effort he’s been involved in over the past two years to help change student behavior through video.
“I collaborated with the high school principal,” Walk said. “He really wanted to do something … I just went down there with an idea, not knowing what was going to happen.”
Watch the touching video below:
Before filming began last week, the principal asked the school’s staff if they wanted to take part and those who did were then instructed to randomly call the students to their rooms to speak with them. Walk set up a tripod, camera and microphone to capture the touching interactions. The students and teachers ended up in tears — and Walk, too, was deeply impacted.
“I was just in tears the whole day,” he said.
Students later offered additional reaction after the video started gaining attention, telling KXLY-TV that the teachers’ kind comments really meant a lot to them:
“It was really nice to just hear that,” one student said. “Because as a student … you don’t hear that everyday from teachers … I cried”
Another added, “I left just feeling so, so happy.”
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