Teacher Has 1st Graders Work in Shifts for 2 Weeks. When She Turns AroundUNBELIEVABLE!

It was on the last day of school …

First-grade teacherSha-Ree’ Castlebury became a viral sensation after she set her class of 2016 up to a colorful project that has won over the Internet.

Mrs.Castlebury proudly pranced around the hallways in this hand-crafted masterpiece on the last day of school, and her stunningmemory dress quickly became the buzz of the town in Lawton, Oklahoma.


Photo: Sha-Ree’ Castlebury

For two weeks, her 25 first-graders diligently worked in shiftings to add their special touch to the yellow-fringed summertime frock, and the 27 -year-old teacher couldn’t be happier with the results.

“It is a memory dress because I don’t want to lose the beauty of the children as they have to grow up and move on from me, ” she told TODAY in an email interview. “It is a wonderful thing, but so sad per year to fall in love with these kids and then have to say’ see ya later.’”

“They become one big household to me, ” she added. “I never want to leave them. I exclaim happy tears every year considering them grow so much.”

EVERYONE only had to come and get a look at the wearable work of art.“We were an all-day zoo. It was beautiful, ” said Mrs. Castlebury.She couldn’t help but brag on her “little Picassos” who worked so hard on her last-day dress.


Photo: Sha-Ree’ Castlebury

She told them “to draw and write what was on their hearts and what was beautiful or important to them.”

“I wanted their memories and love all wrapped up in a dress! ”


Photo: Sha-Ree’ Castlebury

From sock monkeys and sunflowers to butterflies and rainbows, her kiddos poured all the love they could into the magic-marker masterpiece.

For the $35 she spent on the dress and fabric markers, Mrs. Castlebury came away with a priceless gem she’ll cherish forever.


Photo: Sha-Ree’ Castlebury

What a beautiful style to remember the first grade class of 2016 and send them off into second grade in bold, living color!

Cheers to you, Mrs. Castlebury, for your name that sounds like it came straight out of a fairytale, your dress that looks like one and your BIG HEARTthat’s infusing a generation of first graders with thelove of a teacher who cares!

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