Teacher Builds Portable Stage and Drives to Graduate's House | 22 Words

Now, we already know that teachers are pretty incredible people. They shape, teach and mold our future generations into the well-rounded people they are. But one teacher has gone above and beyond the expectation of their job...

When Ray Gowlett's students were unable to graduate in the normal manner due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, he decided to build a portable stage and take it to every graduates house.

Gowlett, a health and physical education teacher, built the stage entirely from scratch so that his seventy-two students would have the opportunity to walk across a graduation stage in front of their families.

The idea came after Gowlett's daughter, Sadie, who is a part of the graduating class, asked him if he could hand the diploma to her and her friend at a public outdoor stage.

Speaking with Insider, Gowlett said: "I asked, is it important to walk across the stage? And she said, yes, we really want to walk across the stage and get a picture with our diploma. I said no problem. I can do that. Do you think many more people would want to do that? She said everybody would want to do that."

As Gowlett, who has been a teacher for twenty-one years, couldn't take every student to the public stage he started thinking "how can I get a stage to every student's house?"

"And then the idea just occurred to me to build a mobile stage and bring a teacher to each person's house," he said.

The building process took him only 6 hours and after he pitched the idea to the graduation committee and everyone was onboard... Gowlett's plan was underway.

Gowlett began taking his portable stage to the home of every single graduate.

"We started Saturday at 8 a.m, and we finished Saturday at 8 p.m. And then we started again Sunday morning. Our first delivery was at 9:00 a.m, and the last one was finished at 7:30 p.m. We traveled a total of 400 kilometers," he said.

Students graduating wore single-use gowns and guests were limited to numbers of just ten.

"This was a full school staff effort. I was lucky enough to have the idea to build the stage, but it absolutely would not have worked without the twenty people behind the scenes doing all the paperwork and coordinating the setup and the takedown," said Gowlett.

"The school has such a long, rich history of going above and beyond for students that it just totally wasn't out of character for all of the staff to do what they did."

Such a kind and thoughtful thing to do! We love to see it!