In the face of a tough week, here is an uplifting story for the Tennessee Volunteers.

A school teacher who lives in the Tallahassee, Florida area earlier this week told a story on Facebook of a student who wanted to wear an orange Tennessee Vols shirt for “college colors” day at his school, but he didn’t have one. The teacher, Laura Snyder, told the boy that he could wear an orange shirt to show his pride.

The boy then made a homemade sign on the front of his orange shirt that said, “UT.” However, two girls who didn’t participate in college colors day, the teacher said, “made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED. I know kids can be cruel, I am aware that it’s not the fanciest sign, BUT this kid used the resources he had available to him to participate in a spirit day (one that I celebrated all week: Go Noles).”

Snyder then openly asked for any connections to the University of Tennessee, and she said she planned to give him a Tennessee shirt.

The story got considerably better from there.

“Update: I’m so amazed, humbled, and a little bit overwhelmed at the response to this post! So many people have reached out, and I’m really looking forward to sharing this with him!!! Thank you all so much for your kind words of support and encouragement for my student!!!”

Here is a picture of the shirt from Snyder’s Facebook post:


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