Wednesday, June 12 will be a day one George Mason Elementary 5th grader will never forget.
It all started when the student’s shoes broke shortly before he walked across the stage to graduate from elementary school.
TEACHER BRADLEY KOPELOVE: “Our guidance counselor brought the student and his mom to me and said help we need any supplies that you have.”
But the supplied didn’t work, so that’s when Vohn Lewis, known to most as Mr. Lewis, stepped in.
VON LEWIS: “Me being me, sometimes my heart leads me to certain situations,” “I said you can wear my shoes man, I wear a size 10.”
It was a simple gesture that went viral on Facebook.
BRADLEY KOPELOVE: “I almost cried, I was so thankful. That`s just how Mr. Lewis is and I knew that I could count on him.”
MR. LEWIS: “It`s really just something that I`d do any day for any child.”
Lewis is a substitute teacher that came to George Mason Elementary School in February. He also became a mentor in the Brothers United Mentoring Program for young men of color.
DERRICK BATES: “We wanted to be sure we put them with somebody that was going to be able to follow them all the way through their elementary school careers.”
VON LEWIS: “Just teach kids about themselves and things they`re going to face as black men and just be that positive role model.”.
Lewis said his biggest passion is making sure each student looks presentable every day.