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HBCU Grad Barry White Jr. Is Making A Difference In The Classroom With Handshakes

Yahoo News reports: Claflin University graduate, Barry White, Jr. teaches English at Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before he starts class every morning, he performs handshakes with each of his students. And yes, every one has an individualized shake.

White spoke with ABC News about the ritual. It began with a fourth grader last year, who would wait for him every morning for her handshake. “This year I started making handshakes with the kids at recess,” he said. “It was just one or two students and then it became contagious.”

The teacher saw how much the shakes meant to the children, so he started doing them with more and more. Now, he does it before class starts with many of Ashley Park’s students.

Looking back on elementary school, there may be one or two teachers that we fondly remember. This fifth grade teacher will definitely be the one his students will never forget.

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