This is an excerpt from the Western Journal. For the full version, click here.
Rachel Borsgard, a former educator at SeaWorld, teaches third-graders at a school in Southern California. Earlier this month, she was having a difficult time, wondering if she was being the best teacher she could be.
On her Facebook page, she wrote about being the recipient of a darling little note from one of her students that read “Miss .B She was a exsulent tetchr.”
“The timing of this note could not have been any better,” she posted. “Earlier this week, I broke down. You guys, teaching is REAL. I lay in bed most nights thinking about my kids and worrying about if I’m giving them the love and education they deserve.”
Borsgard was also the recipient of a boost of kindness from a complete stranger that she met while shopping for class supplies at the Mission Valley Target in August.
“Let me introduce you to my new friend, Nicky,” she began. “Today I made runs to three different Targets to get supplies for my classroom, and ended up at the Target in Mission Valley.”
“I filled up my cart to the point of almost overflowing, and then went to go check out. As I was getting ready to grab my wallet out of my purse, a woman comes up behind me and asks if I’m a teacher.”
“I jokingly respond, ‘Yes, can you tell?’” She then says THAT SHE’LL PAY FOR ME.”
Breaking down into tears, Borsgard refused, saying that her haul cost too much — but Nicky wouldn’t take no for an answer, and commandeered the card reader, paying for every last item in Borsgard’s loaded cart.
“The cashier beams and says, ‘See? There are still beautiful things happening in this world,’” she continued.
Because of pandemic restrictions, the young teacher resisted the urge to hug her education-positive fairy godmother and instead asked for a photo, which has been circulating along with the story of generosity.
This is one of those beautiful Random Acts of Kindness stories.It's about Nicky (on the left) and what she did for…
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