Special education teachers are the type of folks that just do not get enough credit.
Being a teacher in any capacity is hard enough but when you juggle the degree of difficulty with the difficulties that the students themselves might have you have someone that might have to have nerves of steel on some days just to be able to do it all.
What you do get to see though, and this is from speaking to people that are special education teachers is that you see an abundance of kids sometimes who are quire seriously proud of every single thing that they do because nobody was expecting them to be able to do a single thing.
It’s why when you see a class of special education students or people from a home for special needs people out at a restaurant or grocery shopping I always get a bit of a smile because I think of how big of a deal it must be for them to do something that most of us take for granted.
That being said a lot of the time trips for special needs students are things that have to be paid for via donations or out of the teachers pocket.
In a heartwarming gesture, a Florida couple quietly bought lunch for 22 students with special needs and their teachers.
For special education students at South Miami Senior High, community outings are a regular and highly-anticipated part of their routine.
“Once a week we take our kids out into the community, basically to teach them life skills and social skills,” teacher Jacquelyn Lara told WSVN-TV. “So we’ll go to the mall, we’ll go to lunches.”
With winter break approaching, the teachers settled on taking the students to eat at Cracker Barrel in Florida City.
The group gathered around the restaurant’s festive tables, enjoyed lunch together and never even noticed that they were being watched.
But when it came time to pay the bill, a waitress told Lara and her group that someone else had already picked up the tab.
The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, left a note for the teachers:
“Merry Christmas. Just a way to say thank you for all you do for the children,” the note read. “Please use any money left over on a party for the kids. May God bless you all!”