A Michigan elementary college trainer escorted two of his former college students to their college’s annual father-daughter dance weeks after their dad tragically died final month.
Steve Culbert, a trainer at Gates Elementary in Davison, was shocked to listen to that the daddy of his two former college students, Avery and Alivia Reece, had been hospitalized for a Protein C deficiency that led to a number of blood clots forming in his physique, MLive reported.
He taught Avery Reece throughout the 2017-2018 college yr, and Alivia Reece for the primary month of the present college yr earlier than he was moved to a unique classroom.
Throughout that point, Culbert got here to know their dad and mom, Luke and Shelley Reece, and made it a degree to go to them within the hospital.
“I do know what it is like to harm as a child,” he told Yahoo Lifestyle, explaining that his 14-year-old brother died from most cancers years in the past. “Seeing my brother undergo what he went by way of at that age — he was the strongest individual I’ve ever identified.”
Whereas visiting Luke Reece and his daughters within the hospital, Culbert bought chatting to Shelley Reece, and the subject of the annual daddy-daughter dance got here up.
Luke Reece by no means missed the occasion, or any alternative to spend along with his daughters, according to his obituary.
Culbert and Shelley Reece thought it could be nice to increase an invite to the daddy and his daughters for the upcoming dance as soon as once more however, earlier than the invites could possibly be handed out, Luke Reece all of a sudden died at age 32 from cardiac arrest.
Regardless of the tragedy, they determined to go forward with the plan, and on Oct. 13, Avery and Alivia Reece have been handled to a day of pampering earlier than going to the dance with Culbert and his daughters, Yahoo Way of life famous.
They have been escorted in a limo to the venue, the place they danced the evening away earlier than capping the night off with ice cream at McDonald’s.
Culbert informed Yahoo Way of life that he “could not be happier with the way it turned out.”
Shelley Reece added that she was touched by Culbert’s kindness towards her daughters.
“It is simply so good that somebody outdoors of the house is looking from them,” she informed MLive.