A student’s kind gesture of giving a classmate five of his test points is getting lots of love on Facebook.
On Feb. 21, Winston Lee, a history teacher at Letcher County Central High School in Whitesburg, Kentucky, shared a photo of one of his students’ exams on WWII.Lee wrote, “One of my guys, an A+ guy, offers up his 5 bonus points to anyone in need. Giving up what is rightfully his, his earning, to any peer who may have struggled especially hard the day of the test.”
Lee told “Good Morning America” he had never received such a request from a pupil in his 12 years of teaching.
“I was delighted,” Lee said. “He is the type of kid who always demonstrates compassion in the classroom.”
In the post, which garnered 76,000 likes and 55,000 shares, the unnamed student revealed the note he apparently wrote at the bottom of his test.
“If you are able, can you give my bonus points to whoever scores the lowest?”
The day before the test, Lee offered to give five points to students who participated in an exam review game.
Student who gave away his points received a grade of 94%. The five points would have raised his score by 99%, but instead they were given to a classmate, lifting her to a passing grade, Lee said.
“She was really grateful,” Lee said. “She doesn’t know who gave her those points.”Lee’s post attracted thousands of comments. Many praised the student for his generosity. There were others who disagreed with Lee’s decision to honor the student’s request and to pass a student who would’ve otherwise received a failing grade.
“Not everyone is a good test taker or lives in a situation that allows them to concentrate on their studies,” Lee said, noting that Letcher County is a Title 1 school and some children live in low-income households. “I feel really great that it helped this student pass from 58 to 60 points. We don’t know what her situation was.”
The viral moment spread compassion and kindness to many, Lee said.