TULARE, Calif. - Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
This week, we head to Mrs. Mendes Second Grade class at Alpine Vista School in Tulare where kindness is at the forefront.
"We do kindness projects throughout the year and at the beginning of the year we talked about kindness and they had a kindness project to do and they said they wanted to make people smile," Second Grade teacher Amy Mendes said.
It was because of this kindness project that second grader, Parker Boles, decided to write a letter to his former Kindergarten Teacher, Summer Grissom.
"I liked her so much and I love her, " Parker Boles said of his former teacher.
But little did he know how much writing a kind letter would mean to her.
"To know that out of anybody he selected me really reiterated to me why I choose this profession," Summer Grissom said. "If I make the difference in the life of one child that is a huge deal."
When Mrs. Grissom was Parker's Kindergarten teacher she was having a rough year and wasn't able to be in the classroom a whole lot.
"My husband and I went through six rounds of fertility treatment to try to have a family. I was blessed to get pregnant that year, but unfortunately was in the hospital for a majority of my pregnancy and I was away from the class, " Grissom said. "It was really hard to be away from the kids. I adore my job and I hated to be away from them, but knowing that the kids still thought about me meant the world."
Proving how a little act of kindness can make a big difference in someone's life.
Grissom adds: "Parker would go above and beyond and send cards, notes, messages through his parents and emails. It made me feel connected to that class."
Wise beyond his years, Parker showed character in thinking beyond himself.
"Because I love people," Parker simply said about writing the thoughtful letter.
Parker Boles of Alpine Vista School shows us why Your Character Matters.