It’s always amazing when a teacher goes the extra mile to help a student achieve his or her full potential. Such can be said about one music teacher from Wilmeth Elementary School in McKinney, Texas who believed in her student who played drums using a five-gallon bucket.
Teacher Stacy Caldwell was impressed with Alijah Lockhart’s drumming and was surprised when she later discovered that he was actually self-taught. In fact, the 10-year-old boy never had any lessons and he only practices at school, at church, and at the Guitar Center.
Meet 10-year-old Alijah Lockhart. He plays drums using a bucket!
In an NBCDFW feature, we learn that he began playing the instrument as a toddler.
He used to have his own drum set but everything changed after a tragedy.
“December 2016, my house burned down and that’s when the drums got destroyed in the house fire.”
Fast forward to the present, Stacy recognized the child’s talent and, with help from several community members, took it upon herself to give him a new drum set so he wouldn’t have to settle for the bucket anymore.
“Knowing that he had that in his soul and he had nothing to play on and so I just knew immediately we have to get him some drums somehow,” said Stacy.
In a viral Facebook video, we can hear the teacher asking the boy to stay after the class so she can give her the big surprise.
Stacy told him:
“We all believe in you and we want you to have the tools that you need to be successful.”
As mentioned, the footage gained a lot of attention and millions of views on social media. Clearly, netizens everywhere been touched by the boy’s priceless reaction.
“I just was not expecting the kind of reaction that I got from him. It was really hard to keep from crying when I saw tears in his eyes,” shared the kindhearted teacher.
Watch the inspiring video here:
According to Alijah, he dreams of becoming a professional drummer someday.
Aside from the drum set, other donations for the young musician included electronic drums, practice pad, and music books.
Man Catches Poor Pelican With Bare Hands To Save Its Life
The pelican really needed help!
One man just proved that anyone can be a hero. The anonymous man decided to catch a poor pelican when he noticed it was in pain. He later proceeded to save its life by removing the wire entangled in the bird's beak.
The man is shown cautiously approaching the pelican from behind. The bird is unaware of his intentions but is clearly in distress because of its beak. With one quick move, the man stepped in and caught the pelican by one of its legs.
This man is about to save this poor pelican.
6-Year-Old Girl Takes Care Of Paralyzed Father After Mother Abandons Them
She has never made a single complaint!
Most six-year-olds spend their days playing with their friends and having fun with their family. However, one little girl is already the full-time caregiver of her paralyzed father. The child had to take on the responsibility after her mother decided to abandon them because of her husband's disability.
Jia Jia of the Ningxia Province in China has been taking care of her bed-ridden father since her mother left them two years ago. The little girl would get up very early to massage her father's muscles for around 30 minutes. She also feeds him, helps him brush his teeth, and moves him around using a home-made mobility hoist.
Little Jia Jia is truly her own father's hero.
Viral Photo Captures Young Boy Volunteering To Carry Elderly Man’s Bag For Him
We definitely need more young people like him.
Kids often say the most amusing and interesting things that make us laugh out loud. However, there are also moments when they say something that makes our hearts all warm and fuzzy.
Just like this amazing young man, for example. His kindness inspired one Facebook user to share his story on the popular social media platform and has quickly racked up thousands of shares.