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High School Coach Treats Student Like Family

Here’s a great story for the holiday weekend, a story about how a high school coach went way above the call of duty to rescue one of the students on his team:

Keana Berkhalter, a high school basketball player from Milwaukee, MN was doing poorly in school.  Her grades were dropping and her coach found her crying one day at practice and asked her what was wrong.  She told him that she’d been abandoned by her parents and had no one to take care of her.

"I had to let her know that, 'Now you're here at Washington. We're family. We don't abandon our kids,'" Coach Marlon Boyd said.

When Coach Boyd went home and asked his wife if they could add a fourth child to their family, she immediately said, “Yes,” and they began the process to become foster parents.  After moving in with the Boyds, Keana’s grades bounced back up to a 3.6 and she is now the valedictorian of her graduating class.  I’m sure her grades were not the only thing affected by his kindness.

We often talk about the power of effective teachers, but sometimes it’s nice just to see the power of effective human beings taking care of each other.  When that human being is a teacher, bringing a student into his family and helping her succeed in life, that just motivates me to be more aware of the needs of those around me and more responsive to those needs. 

Thank you for your selfless example Coach Boyd and congratulations Keana!

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.