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Letcher County student demonstrates kindness in unique way

Posted at 4:24 PM, Feb 26, 2020

WHITESBURG, Ky. (LEX 18) — Compassion, love and kindness are just three things a Letcher County Central High School student showed his classmate in an unexpected way. The student asked the teacher to give his bonus points to the lowest test grade.

Winston Lee is a U.S. History teacher at Letcher County Central High School. Everyday, Mr. Lee teaches his students how to be better in and out of the classroom. When Winston was grading tests last week, an answer stopped him in his tracks.

"I read it, and of course, it had asked that if I could give his 5 points that he had earned the day before to a student that had scored the lowest," Winston said.

It was all Brandon Caudill's idea.

"It's a lot of dates and locations and times, a lot of things that's hard for some people to remember," Caudill noted. "Because I used to struggle pretty hard. So I felt for them, and I was like, well, let's see if he'll give them the bonus points. So I put the little asterisk on the note."

"For me to read that, coming from one of our students, from our school and our community, it just melted my heart," Lee said. "I was like man, I have to brag about this."

So the teacher posted the kind act on Facebook, thinking his family would enjoy the story, but it since has had thousands of shares and comments.

"I had to let people know that there are kind hearts in this generation, with this class, and school and that compassion and kindness are still out there," Lee said.

Lee says he has no idea which of his classmates received the extra credit, but that didn't matter to him.

"I just wanted to help somebody that day," Caudill said. "It didn't matter who they were or why they weren't doing too good that day on that test or whatever. I just wanted to help somebody."

A simple note with a lasting impression.