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Student lost 5 points because of a humble plea to teacher at the bottom of his test

The teacher was surprised when he read his student’s message during the test. Accordingly, this student offered to give his 5 points to whoever had the lowest test score in the class.

Facebook/Winston Lee

Competition can be everywhere, in business, sports or the workplace. Of course, school is no exception. Therefore, it is surprising that there are cases where students are not afraid to share their achievements to help others.

That is the story that Winston Lee – a History teacher at Letcher County High School, Whitesburg, Kentucky (USA) posted on his personal facebook page. The post attracted thousands of likes and shares. And according to the teacher himself, the story of this student was “never seen before”. What a truly heartwarming story!

In the viral post, Winston writes:

“Have to shout this out. Had honestly never seen this…

One of my guys, a straight A+ guy, offers up his 5 bonus points to someone in need. Anyone. Totally offering up what is rightfully his, his earning, to any peer that may have been struggling especially hard the day of the test.

He didn’t care if he considered them a friend, didn’t care if they were cool, didn’t matter to him what situation had caused them to score lower, he just wanted to help, be kind, commit a loving act.

I honored their request. The recipient was very thankful. The 5 points actually moved her from failing to passing.
This note gave me so much hope. Let us all be a little more like this young man!!”

Facebook/Winston Lee


Speaking to Good Morning America, Lee said this was the first time that he had ever received such a generous request by a student — but noted that this kind of behavior wasn’t out of character for the boy, an 11th grader.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” Lee, who teaches at a Title I school, told the outlet. “He is the type of kid that would often show compassion in the classroom.”

Though Lee did not reveal the student’s identity, he did disclose that the bonus points went to a female classmate, who would have failed the test had it not been for the extra 5 points she received.

“She was really thankful so it turned out great,” Lee told GMA. “She does not know who gave her the points.”

“Not all are great test-takers or in a comfortable situation at home that allows them to focus on studying,” Lee added. “I feel really great that it helped this student from 58 points to passing. We don’t know what her situation may have been.”