One Texas school is using handshakes and smiles as a way of starting the day off right for its kindergarten class.
Ashley Coston Taylor has been a teacher at Keene Elementary School in North Texas for 18 years and has implemented the daily practice as a way of making a positive impact to the development of her students, who she refers to as her "littles," CBS News reported.
Every morning starts the same way.
One student stands at the classroom door and acts as the "greeter," welcoming all the other children lined up with a handshake and a cheery "good morning."
A video of the morning routine, posted to Facebook by Taylor, shows young Asher Bales greeting his classmates one-by-one at the door.
Bales has had to overcome various health issues as well as verbal barriers this year, Taylor said, but he has gained confidence and really come out of his shell, owning the morning routine in the process, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
In the video clip, the kindergartner certainly appears at ease as he politely offers his hand to classmates and wishes them a good morning.
Some students even bend down to hug Bales, who returns the embrace comfortably and affectionately.
This positive morning routine ultimately lets students such as Bales and his friends know they are accepted in the classroom and that "someone is on their side."
"The school shootings have been a real eye opener," she said, according to the Star-Telegram .
"Maybe if some of those kids had felt like someone was on their side, things would have happened differently."
Taylor said many factors came into play in these types of situations but if she could make even the smallest difference, her job would be done.
"When I see the direction the world is heading, it reminds me that what I am doing WILL make a difference!," she said in her post to Facebook.
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