One simple act of kindness can really make the difference in somebody’s life.
Laura Snyder, a Florida elementary school teacher, shared the story of what happened when one of her 4th grade students wore a homemade t-shirt to show his support for the University Of Tennessee on the elementary school’s “College Color Day.”
“Last week, my elementary school participated in college colors day. When I told my students about this day a week before, this particular child came to me and told me that he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt, but he didn’t have one.”
So, as a means of solution, the teacher said he should wear an orange shirt just to show his support. He got very excited.
“We discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit. He told me every day leading up to it that he had an orange shirt that he was going to wear. So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt. I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label.”
But after lunch, he wasn’t proud of his shirt anymore.
“After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on his desk and was crying. Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED. I know kids can be cruel, I am aware that it’s not the fanciest sign, BUT this kid used the resources he had available to him to participate in a spirit day.”
Ms. Snyder felt so badly for the child, that her next move was going to be to buy him a proper UT shirt.
But since the story went viral, UT did one better and turned our young friend’s homemade t-shirt into real merchandise.
Share in a Florida elementary student's Volunteer pride by wearing his design on your shirt too! Pre-order today for a late September expected delivery. A portion of proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to @STOMPOutBullyng .https://t.co/NdnTtYREFL pic.twitter.com/OeTZvgC09Y
— VolShop (@UTVolShop) September 6, 2019
A portion of the profits from the sales of this shirt will be donated to STOMP Out Bullying, a leading anti-bullying organization in the USA.
Consumers are thrilled about the T-shirt.
Incredible. This is what sports should be about. Hats off to the #VOLS job well done.
— rich o (@richo1313_o) September 7, 2019
Pure class Tennessee, Pure class…and I’m a VT fan..thank you for showing how it’s done..You have changed this kid for life with just showing some kindness and I will definitely buy a UT shirt..
— Shiek Navi Tuhok (@Unfiltrd_Truth) September 8, 2019
— Red Flag Jack (@McIrishHog) September 7, 2019
Fans also agree that the child’s intellectual property is being used for the shirt, and that he should be compensated for its use and sale.
I do hope you’re compensating this child for his design instead of profiting off someone else’s work. How grand that this child’s bullying experience has made you $$$.
— Christa Adams (@christaadams) September 7, 2019
2) You owe him proceeds from sales
— Iroquois Pliskin (@zigzagtshirt) September 9, 2019
A portion could go to that kid's college fund too. This is awesome. Just sayin…
— Brad Shepard (@Brad_Shepard) September 6, 2019
This is his intellectual property. He should get a major portion of the dividends!
— Lori Skaggs (@LoriS7321) September 7, 2019
Chalk up another vote for the young man getting some of the profits in a scholarship trust. UT still stands to make $$$ here in a big way, and it's because of him. Give some to teacher too. Lots of teachers take money out of pocket for classroom stuff.
— Russ Fletcher (@FiremanVol) September 7, 2019
That’s cool and all, but the university is still profiting off a kid’s design
— Kevin Koelsch (@kevinkoelsch21) September 6, 2019
Why not start a college fund with it for the kid who designed the shirt?
— JoJo (@bringbackfulmer) September 6, 2019
When Ms. Snyder told the boy about what UT was going to do, “his jaw dropped.”
“He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today! Thank you to the UT Nation for that!!”
You guys are so awesome.
— G 🐝 Braves #ChopOn (@cable18) September 6, 2019
Class act @UTVolShop 👍. I actually like the design…and I’m a Gator that grew up in Altamonte. Good job, kid. And kudos to his teacher for going above and beyond. I’ll be placing an order…
— 71goahead (@71goahead) September 8, 2019
I love this so much. 🧡
— The OG Hillbilly (@LauraLMonroe33) September 6, 2019
This story is really heartwarming. I honestly think it’s high time the bullies (in this case the girls who made fun of him) should be made public and called out for what they did. That in itself could make those little creeps think twice about bullying
— Irene Moreaux (@irene_moreaux) September 7, 2019
I love this. Absolutely
— Sunshine (@whiskey_girl33) September 6, 2019
UT’s classy move will not be forgotten by any of the kids who have been bullied for their clothing in their lifetime.
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