Mornings can be stressful, especially for those children who feel rushed to get dressed and be ready ASAP to leave for school. But even kids with the most loving and patient of parents leave their homes in the hopes of receiving just as much warmth at school. That’s why the morning routine of teachers like Amy Cleaver and her coworkers is so endearing.
As a year one teacher at St. Silas Primary School in Liverpool, Amy greets each of her young students with a warm hug as they enter the classroom. They are thoughtfully informed that they can certainly choose a high five instead, but as evidenced in the adorable video she shared on Twitter, the great majority of little ones opts for the hug.
As one commenter, also a teacher, noted, the routine is a great reminder that students are children, not robots. Indeed, there are few things more beneficial to kids than for the trusted, influential adults in their lives to extend sincere acts of kindness and love.
“Sometimes throughout the day teachers don’t have time to have interaction with every child,” says Gina Donaldson, head teacher at St. Silas, to ECHO News. “And as we know, one-on-one interaction for kids is crucial. That’s why working a warm, personal greeting into the class’ daily entrance is so brilliant.”
Well done, St. Silas!