Acts of Kindness
Teacher shares story student's kindness in sharing bonus points to classmate with lowest score
It's what the world needs the most right now - kindness.
Michael Dabu
04.25.22

With all the things currently going on around the world, it is sometimes, hard to believe in humanity and kindness.

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However, we still occasionally see or witness random acts of kindness all around the internet.

This story about generosity and selflessness is one example of it.

It happened in Letcher County Central High School.

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On February 21, 2020, this school in Whitesburg, Kentucky hosted this incredible story about giving and compassion for other people.

It’s when history teacher, Winston Lee was checking test papers about their World War II exams.

He saw a note left by one of his students.

The note read, “If you could, can you give my bonus points to whoever scores the lowest?”

This genuine kindness from a high school student touched him deeply into the innermost of his totality, not just as a teacher but as a person.

Humanity restored.

The next day, the amazed history teacher shared the story with the rest of the world by posting it on social media.

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In a Facebook post, he wrote, “One of my guys, a straight A+ guy, offers up his 5 bonus points to someone in need. Anyone. Totally offering up what is rightfully his, his earning, to any peer that may have been struggling especially hard the day of the test. “

“He didn’t care if he considered them a friend, didn’t care if they were cool, didn’t matter to him what situation had caused them to score lower, he just wanted to help, be kind, commit a loving act.”

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The teacher Lee was surprised and glad to know that there were still kindhearted people out there.

He told Good Morning America,“I was pleasantly surprised. He is the type of kid that would often show compassion in the classroom.”

Not just an academic achiever but also a kindhearted person.

Brandon Caudill was the 11th grader student behind the idea of sharing his bonus points with the person who needed them the most.

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In an exclusive interview with LEX 18 News, Caudill said that there were lots of dates, locations, and times to remember during their exam about World War II. He fairly knew that memorizing them all was difficult for some people.

He admitted that he also struggled before and that’s the reason why his story was no different from other students too.

“I just wanted to help someone out that day. It didn’t matter who they were… I just wanted to help someone else,” he said.

Caudill should’ve gotten 99 on the test if he only chose to be selfish and kept the bonus points.

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He originally scored 94 but he settled with that and chose to give the 5 bonus points away to someone else.

It was indeed a selfless act coming from a teenager.

However, there were some people who expressed their disagreement with the idea of giving away points.

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But teacher Lee was fully aware of the situation in their community and why some students fail in class.

Explaining that Letcher County is a Title 1 school with some families and households under the low-income category, Lee said, “Not all are great test takers or in a comfortable situation at home that allows them to focus on studying. I feel really great that it helped this student from 58 points to passing. We don’t know what her situation may have been.”

The student who received Caudill’s 5 bonus points was so happy, “She was really thankful so it turned out great. She does not know who gave her the points.”

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The rule is simple – be kind.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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