Teachers at Oak Park H.S. bring students to tears as they tell them individually how important they are

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teachers at Oak Park High School recently challenged one another to take a different approach to connecting with their students and the idea is warming hearts everywhere.

As part of the Positivity Project, “teachers were all challenged to tell a student that they are important, inspiring, appreciated and the reason we come to work every day,” the YouTube video said.

The six-minute and 31-second video features clips of different students reacting to what their teachers said.

“I wanted to let you know that you inspire me to be a better teacher and you make me want to come to school every day, and I think you’re awesome so keep up the good work,” Jamie McSparin tells a student in the opening of the video.

Each student appeared shocked that they were the teacher’s chosen student. Watch the video above to see the emotional response each student had.

“My amazing wife Jamie McSparin put this video together! It’s pretty powerful to see how our words can affect students!!” Tyler McSparin said in a Facebook post.

The video ends with the message, “Stay positive and be kind to each other!”

FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke with Jamie to find out what inspired her to take initiative on the Positivity Project.

Tune to FOX 4 news at 5 and 6 p.m., for more from Jamie, a teacher who participated and two students.