Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs have nothing on the dress these first-grade students hand-decorated.
On the last day of school, Sha-Ree’ Castlebury, a first grade teacher at Pat Henry Elementary School in Lawton, Oklahoma, wore a white dress and asked her entire class to draw on it as a keepsake.
“I fall in love with [my students] each year and I want them to know, feel and even see how much they are loved by me by wearing something they made instead of just putting [something] in my desk,” she said.
Using fabric markers, the 25 students doodled everything from ladybugs and rainbows to hearts and flowers on the dress.
“They were so careful and loving with the dress,” Castlebury said. “I can tell they did their best.”
And the creative fashion statement is nothing out of the ordinary for this 27-year-old teacher. Students and staff at the school call her “Miss Fizzle,” as she often likes “to dress wackadoodle.”
Castlebury, who loves sock monkeys and has them featured on charts, dolls, and posters around her classroom, was delighted when one student drew one just for her.
“It touched me,” she said. “They wanted to make me so happy with the dress.”
But happy seems like an understatement. Just look at that smile on her face!
“It is a memory dress because I don’t want to lose the beauty of the kids as they have to grow up and move on from me,” she said. “I never want to leave them. I cry happy tears every year seeing them grow so much.”
Castlebury added that she plans to wear the one-of-a-kind dress to the students’ future graduation from the fifth grade and wants to allow students in future classes to create similar dresses.
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