Adorable 3rd-grader uses birthday money to give his teacher a pay raise – “more people should be nice”
Pay it forward – a popular catchphrase we hear often and usually take for granted.
But one Majical nine-year-old has taken this one-liner to heart with the sweetest gesture that will make your heart melt.
A third-grade student in Florida used his birthday money to gift a “pay raise” to his teacher, saying that the decision came easy because she has “the most important job.”
“I think more people should be nice, it’s a better thing to do than being mean,” the Tampa third-grader told 8 on your Side.
Parker Williams told WFLA that he wanted to give the $15 he received on his ninth birthday to someone who deserved to make more money.
He told the news station that his Gorrie Elementary School teacher fit that description, describing her as someone who is “nice and kind” and always spends time on every student.
“I don’t think they get paid very much. And, so I think that I wanted to give my teacher a gift and share my ideas,” he said.
Parker attached the $15 to a note that read: “Dear Mrs. Chambers, I don’t think that teachers get paid enough for what they do, so will you accept this gift?”
Mrs. Chambers later returned the “pay raise” to Parker, saying in a note to the student, “I can’t accept this, but appreciate the gesture, Parker. Students like you are the reason I teach.”
Parker’s father and mother found about their son’s deed after discovering the notes from him and his teacher in his backpack.
Parker’s mother told the news station that her eyes immediately began “welling up with tears” knowing that her son took the initiative on his own.
Parker’s father later shared the episode on Facebook, in a post that quickly went viral.
For Parker, the reward was already received. He was reminded that paying it forward, always pays off. “It made me feel really nice and good.”
Parker says he learned this ever-important life advice from his mom and dad, who have instilled in their three boys to always be nice to others, no matter what.
“We’ve said to them, when you plant seeds, you never know what will blossom,” said Parker’s mom, Jennifer Williams.
In fact, that message is a common motto around their busy Tampa household – a simple, succinct strategy for each day. As it turns out, Parker, the youngest of three, has been listening the whole time.
Show kindness to others. Always.
It’s a motto the third-grader has taken to heart – in a big way – in a Majical way!