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Alivia Reece, 7, and Avery Reece, 8, release balloons in honor of their late father alongside their friends, Aliyah Culbert, 6, and Hailey Culbert, 8.

By Nancy Flory, Associate Editor, The Stream, October 26, 2018

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? Those stories are still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Nancy FloryLuke Reece always looked forward to taking his daughters to the father-daughter dance. But this year, he wasn’t around to go. Luke passed away last month after going into cardiac arrest. His daughters, Avery, 8, and Alivia, 7, had no one to take them to the dance. That is, until a kind teacher decided to do something about it.

A Kind Teacher

Steve Culbert of Davidson, Michigan told Good Morning America (GMA) that he’d visited Reece in the hospital and knew it didn’t look good. Culbert’s wife told him he needed to take the girls, who were his students, along with his own two daughters to the father-daughter dance on October 13.

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Culbert went all out. He paid for a day of beauty for the girls and rented a stretch limo to take them to the dance. Community members paid for the girls’ dresses, which were in their favorite colors. “My daughters were excited to take their friends with us,” he said. “I wanted to make it as big of [a] night as possible for these girls.”

Before the dance, the girls released balloons in their father’s honor. They ended the night with ice cream.

“I am forever grateful,” the girls’ mom told GMA. “Having Avery come home that evening and tell me Mr. Culbert brought her smile back was all a mother could ask for.”



Nancy is an Associate Editor at The Stream. She is currently working toward her PhD in Strategic Communication and Journalism at Regent University. She’s the mother of four boys.