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Lexington educators keep student company for 8 hours when she had nowhere to go

Some Lexington school employees went above their call of duty and stayed long after the school bell rang to ensure one student made it home on a “bitterly cold night.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Some Lexington school employees went above their call of duty and stayed long after the school bell rang to ensure one student made it home on a “bitterly cold night.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader report that an Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School student was unable to go home on November 28, due to an issue district officials are keeping confidential.

But teacher Haley Hamm, Principal Peggy Henderson and behavior interventionist Brooke Kincheloe stayed at the school with the child until 10:30 p.m.

The school employees wound up “turning what could have been a scary situation into a fun night of learning,” said Fayette district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendal.

During their eight hours together, the group ordered dinner, played some games, worked on class projects and even watched some movies, according to Deffendal.

When the student got tired around 9:30 p.m. they tucked her in a bed in the nurse’s office until she was able to leave. The next morning the student reportedly thanked them for a special sleepover at school.

The three women were recognized at Monday night’s monthly school board meeting “for their passion and determination to keep this student safe and going above and beyond in the service of children,” said Deffendall.

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