Get your tissues ready….
The Grio reports that during an interview with NBC’s chief education correspondent Rehema Ellis, 29-year-old Rasan Portlock brought tears to the eyes of his 10-year-old son Ryheim over his son’s academic achievement.
The father and son sat down with Ellis to talk about the academic improvements made at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. Before the school district made positive changes to the system, Rasan had doubts about whether the school cared about Ryheim’s success, but now feels that the educators are working to bring out the best in his son.
“I didn’t know if they really cared about what they were teaching him or not,” he said. “Now you can tell that there’s more concern about the children’s growth. It’s more about learning, it’s an experience, it’s better. It’s about success.”
Rasan became visibly choked up as he shared his fatherly pride over his son’s progress. Ryheim, who once dreamt of becoming a doctor, now wants to be a genetic engineer. “He’s always had big dreams, from a child he always wanted to be something,” Rasan said.
“I get these big dreams from like when I read books,” said Ryheim. “When I read books from the library, I go like ‘Wow! I want to be this when I grow up.”
As the interview continues, Ryheim struggles to fight back tears as he listens to his father speak.
When asked why he’s crying, Ryheim explains that it is because “he [his father] really looks forward to me growing up and becoming…”
“Whatever you want to be,” Rasan says.
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