Lancaster elementary teacher goes above and beyond to encourage students through notes

Mr. Boyer works his way down this list of more than 600 student names and puts pen to paper, handwriting personal notes filled with encouragement. (WSYX/WTTE)

At Gorsuch West Elementary School, early in the morning, when the hallways are clear and the classrooms are silent, the door to Kevin Boyers’ office opens to a man on a mission.

His official title is school social worker but so many students call him a friend.

"I'm just trying to give back to those students. They are always looking for that relationship and that extra care and they always give it back to me so it's a great feeling," says Boyer.

Throughout the year, Mr. Boyer works his way down this list of more than 600 student names and puts pen to paper, handwriting personal notes filled with encouragement.

"It’s just kind of helping the kids have a great day. That's kind of what it's about." He says his words are working.

"Our kids are coming from many different struggles at home. they might not have food at home or the clothing that they need or just might not be getting those basic needs met."

So, every day he delivers his messages, making each child feel special.

"They always make sure to give me a high five or a hug in the hallway and say thanks for the note Mr. Boyer.

It takes Mr. Boyer the entire school year to make sure each student gets a handwritten note. His mother is his inspiration. She also spent her career working as a school counselor.

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