Ryan has to rely on a wheelchair to get around, so it was hard for her to go hiking, until a teacher from her school offered to carry her around!
We learn a lot from our teachers, and that does not just apply to education. Recently, a teacher from Kentucky went to great lengths to make sure that one of his students did not miss out on the field trip they had planned because of a disability. When the student's mom, Shelly King learned that her daughter Ryan was having a class field trip on Sept. 20 to the Falls of the Ohio State Park near the border of Indiana and Kentucky, she instantly began to think about creating a plan B, according to People. Ryan's physical disability is a birth defect, known as Spina Bifida, where the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly.
This has caused Ryan to rely on a wheelchair to get around — so a hiking trip was less than ideal for the Tully Elementary School student. The mom took to Facebook to write about the incident, adding that she was thinking of a "Plan B". The mom wrote: If I haven’t bragged on my kids' school enough - well, listen to this. They are going on a field trip to Falls Of The Ohio today. Obviously, NOT accessible.
I was preparing for an “alternate field trip day” when a male teacher reached out and said, “I’m happy to tote her around on the falls all day!” She is sooooo excited to do this independent from me. Omg MELT MY HEART. Thank you Christie Pile for giving me these backpack carriers, making this possible for Ryan. I CANT wait for pics today. We are sooooo blessed to have an ENTIRE school that is so compassionate and empathetic and NEVER make her feel left out.
She then added: These are the things that the news should be talking about. These beautiful people should be shared with the world, to see and inspire. If you come across this post please share this post, let’s make love go viral. Jim Freeman, a teacher at the school, offered to carry Ryan around on his back all day so she could explore the fossil beds with the rest of her classmates.
A bunch of photos from the field trip shows how Freeman sweetly carried Ryan on his back in a carrier — her holding onto his shoulders — as they explored the river banks, state park, and 390-million-year-old fossil beds beside the other students and teachers. But, the best part about this is that Freeman is not really Ryan's teacher, and he hasn't really interacted much with the 10-year-old.
King said the offer from Freeman was "out of the blue." "That's how wonderful this man is," King said in a phone interview with USA Today. She said, "We've never really talked. I didn't know his first name before he offered to do this." She also added that her daughter had to miss the field trip last year because of her disability, but King will never forget the kindness the teacher showed her.
“When I got to see the fossils and stuff, I was like, 'Wow, that's like, really cool. I haven't gotten to see that before,' ” Ryan said in an interview with WLKY-TV in Louisville. Freeman, the kind-hearted teacher, told the TV station that he wasn't looking for recognition. “All the teachers here at Tully and JCPS, they work harder than most people realize,” Freeman told WLKY. Tully Elementary is part of Jefferson County Public Schools.
The photos shared on Facebook have raked in likes, comments, and shares because, in today's time, not everyone has the heart to do something this selfless. King said she never expected the photos to reach as far as they have. "To anybody else who is in a wheelchair, nothing should stop you ... and you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. There are good people out there who want to help you," she said.