One semester before Jamias Howard was supposed to graduate high school he was suddenly unable to attend to class. His special education teacher, Kimberly Wimbish, knew this and didn’t want to see her student fail.
Thanks to the dedication of his teacher—and his own hard work—Jamias got a wonderful reward that Wimbish personally delivered to his home, and caught the heartwarming moment on camera.
In May 2017 Jamias Howard was a senior in high school.
During his senior year of high school Jamias had to stop attending class. His teacher at Griffin High School in Georgia was devastated to learn that one of her students was so close to graduating, but unable to continue his education.
“I saw need, and I was able to fulfill that need,” Wimbish told ABC News. “I had no problems volunteering to try to help him graduate.”
So, every day after school Wimbish would meet Jamias anywhere from the local Burger King to the library and give him his lessons.
“Sometimes you have to meet them where they are to get them where they need to be,” she told WSB.
After he was unable to attend class his teacher would meet with him and give him private lessons.
Wimbish was aware of the struggle Jamias faced and didn’t want him to become a statistic.
As the school year wrapped up, Wimbish calculated Jamias’s grades and realized he had completed all the credits needed to graduate. His reward? His own cap and gown and the opportunity to receive his diploma alongside his fellow classmates.
“He put in his time, and he worked, and I worked, and Lord knows it was a challenge, but it was well worth it,” Wimbish told ABC News.
Once he earned enough credits Wimbish made a special delivery to Jamias.
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A few days before his high school’s graduation, Wimbish showed up at Jamias’s house. She had a surprise for him—his cap and gown!
He was absolutely shocked. He later told Good Morning America that he had no idea he was going to graduate.
When he accepted the cap and gown from his teacher he couldn’t stop thanking her and telling her how much he loved her.
Jamias was overwhelmed with gratitude when Wimbish delivered his cap and gown.
After receiving his cap and gown, Jamias rushed to call his mother who was at work.
“He said, ‘Mama you need to get home. You need to come home right now. I’m graduating,'” Trenia Howard, Jamias’s mother, told ABC News. “My eyes starting getting teary when I heard that.”