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[Weekly Inspiration] Teacher Throws Birthday Party for Former Special Needs Student

[Weekly Inspiration] Teacher Throws Birthday Party for Former Special Needs Student

When police found 30-year old Chris Barrington lost on the streets of Gatesville, Texas, he told them that he couldn’t remember the name of anyone who could help him. The only name he could remember was Michell Girard, a junior high teacher he hadn’t seen in years.

When the police called Girard, she asked what would happen to him. “I said, ‘What happens if I don’t take him? Will he get in a group home?’ They said no, he’ll go to an institution. I said, ‘Not on my watch he’s not.’” Eventually, police learned that Barrington’s father had died over the summer. Despite not having seen him for years, Girard took him in.

Barrington’s former teacher quickly realized how much of life her former student had missed out on. “He never had a birthday present, a birthday party, he’s never had Christmas, Thanksgiving, nothing,” she said. And she planned a year full of firsts for him.

Girard contacted Jimmy Bennett, a local fishing captain and business owner who works with people with special needs. Bennett helped Girard plan a birthday party and fishing trip for Barrington.

“The longer we were out, the more comfortable he got,” Bennett said. “As we were driving across the lake, he just said, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’ He was having such a great time.”

Girard is now in the process of applying to become Barrington’s legal guardian, all because of a cry for help from a former student. For many teachers, that’s all it takes.

Check out the full story from ABC News.

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Chris Gruhlke

Chris Gruhlke is a published author with a broad writing background covering a variety of topics, including politics, education, public safety, and technology. In 2018, he joined Edmentum as a Bid Operations Writer, where he helps to bring Edmentum’s transformational solutions to school districts across the United States.