High school can be quite stressful. Unless a student has a solid group of friends, it can be challenging to find someone to talk to without being rejected or ignored. We can see this in teen movies, where the school is divided into groups: athletes, nerds, cheerleaders, etc. Kay Kirby, the mother of a lonely teenager named Andrew, was heartbroken every time he came home and said he had eaten alone.
She always texted her son during school lunch hours. Andrew used to be alone for lunch, and it made her sad. The lonely teenager had no company at school for four long years!
Lonely teenager finally gets some company
Generally, the young man plays on his cell phone to pass the time during lunch. But, on the first day of class this year, something huge happened. Kay was speechless with what happened to her boy. “The thought of our son or any child eating alone every day breaks our hearts.”
When Andrew got into the car after school, he started talking about what happened over lunch. The look on his face made Kay uneasy at first. “Mom, I didn’t eat alone! Some student council members asked me and three others eating alone to come sit with them, and said we could eat with them again tomorrow, too!”
Kay was amazed. The Boiling Springs High School Student Council was the author of this act of kindness. They saw that four students were eating alone, including Andrew, and they made the kind invitation.
Project to integrate students
That literally made Andrew’s day! Kay had to take a picture of Andrew after school and share it on Facebook to spread the word and applaud the student council for what they did. “These students may not have thought this was a big deal, but it was an answer to prayer and a great encouragement for Andrew. THANK YOU to those students, you made a difference today!” Andrew was very excited not to eat alone, and better: he finally felt that he was part of a group. “It makes me feel happy that I can eat with people.”
The school district responded to Kay’s post, praising the students’ actions. “We typically do not share posts from personal pages, but this is a very worthwhile exception. This post shows the loving community we live in, the character of our students and the family-feel of our schools. We are so thankful that Andrew had a great First Day of School in D2!”
One of the students who invited Andrew to sit down with him, Damian Howarth, was sad to learn that he took so long to find someone to sit with during lunch. He said council members should have asked before, like other students.
Still, Andrew was thrilled that he finally had lunch company. The next day, they were already waiting for him at the table. What an incredible group of teenagers, trying to make a difference. Share if you think there should be more young people like them!
Source: Faith Tap