Mr. Dunham had a hunch that he needed to carry his clippers to school on the day his students were graduating to high school. His gut feeling paid off.
We often hear stories of extraordinary teachers who go above and beyond for their students. These are the teachers we should be celebrating because they are the ones setting a precedent for future generations to come.
Many teachers impart knowledge, courage, strength, and wisdom. There are others who show their students that they are loved, respected and acknowledged. Robert Dunham is one teacher who wanted to show his students that they mattered by giving them a helping hand in getting ready for their Moving On Ceremony.
Speaking to WTVR, the Craver Elementary School teacher had a hunch that made him put his clippers in his bag. Mr. Dunham said: "I had a gut feeling some of my boys were going to come today and they were not going to be prepared. I remember my fifth grade Moving On Ceremony, something just said 'take your clippers and put them in your bag.'"
The Moving On Ceremony is when elementary students say goodbye to their school as they get ready for high school. So Mr. Dunham knew his students may need a little bit of a touch-up. "One of my students showed up and I said 'see I knew you were going to need a haircut,'" Mr. Dunham said.
When the hands-on teacher pulled out his clippers, he soon had a little line of eager clients ready to get a fresh fade for their ceremony. Mr. Dunham told the news site that when a haircut makes one look good and feel good, which is what makes the confidence pop. "I want every one of my students to be confident today. This is their special day," he said.
Mr. Dunham's kind act was captured by adults in the room who shared the good teacher's sweet deed on social media. The teacher's picture giving his students a fresh cut went viral, and it poetically reflected a lesson that Mr. Dunham ensures to pass on to his students.
"You should always be caught doing the right thing, at all times," he said. "I'm just happy to be a part of that moment."
Watch the incredible teacher's news clip here: