Graduation has been significantly changed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many students waited for a lifetime up till that point to walk across the stage and get their diploma, but schools often had to get creative in order to make it happen.
Dominique Moore is a teacher in one of the coordinators for the graduation that took place on Thursday at Bessemer City High School. He was helping to clean up after the graduation ended and he saw one of the graduates was still there. Not only that, but he was also alone.
When Moore was the teen’s teacher, he knew that something wasn’t quite as it should be. “I know his moods and I knew he wasn’t himself,” Moore said. “I asked him, ‘Where are your people?’ and he was like, ‘Nobody’s here.'”
That is when Moore told him that everything was going to be okay. After the cleanup was over, he looked over to see the teen was still there. That’s when Moore found out that the teen didn’t have a ride home, so he said he would take him.
After they were in the car, Moore offered to take him for food at the place of his choosing. The teenager suggested a popular wings spot at first, but Moore was thinking a little classier.
The teenager then suggested the Cheesecake Factory, saying that he had heard about it but had never gone. That is when the two of them went to the Cheesecake Factory, with the teenager still donning his graduation cap. His meal of choice was a shrimp basket with fries and he topped it off with an Oreo cheesecake for dessert.
Moore is not only a teacher at Bessemer City High School, but he is also a graduate. He said he had a difficult time not tearing up during lunch. “Man, I couldn’t imagine graduating high school and my folks not being there,” he said.
The teenager was able to get a job at Amazon within hours of graduation. He didn’t have a way to get to work, so the teacher offered to pick him up and take him.
It started out as just a kind gesture but it turned into something much more. Moore decided to post what happened on Facebook, something that he doesn’t typically do. “These situations are common to me and I handle them on my own,” he said, according to AL. “You don’t always have to show everybody or tell everybody when you do something but this one just didn’t sit well with me. I don’t know what it was.”
Along with posting on Facebook, he added his Cash App – $mooredaeducator – in case anybody was willing to give money to the teen. His gesture has managed to pull in over $5000 since that time.
After the teen was done at work on Friday morning, Moore picked him up and took him to the bank so a checking account could be started. Most of the money was in the form of a cashier’s check so that they could go out and look for a car for the teenager. He also hopes that enough money can be put aside to attend college.
Both Moore and the teenager were overwhelmed with how generous people were. “He is ecstatic. He was about to cry and I said, ‘No, you will not cry in front of me,'” he said.
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