Every Friday afternoon one extraordinary teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children they’d like to sit beside the following week. The children know that these private requests might not be honored.
After the students go home, she takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her and studies them. She looks for patterns.
Who is not getting requested by anyone else? Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated?
Every single Friday since the Columbine shootings in 1999, she has looked for the lonely children — the ones struggling to connect with other children.
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