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This teacher came up with a brilliant way to illustrate consent for her first-graders

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By JAMEL VALENCIA and ARLETTE VILLA, KFOX

EL PASO, Texas (CIRCA via KFOX) — At this Socorro Independent School District elementary school in Texas, no child is left behind.

A first-grade bilingual teacher is adding an act of kindness and consent to her curriculum.

Zelene Blancas, who teaches at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School in far east El Paso, has her students lining up for high-fives, hugs, handshakes and fist bumps at the end of each week.

As of Monday, the video has received more than 4 million views on Twitter.

Each student gets to pick how he or she is greeted by the designated greeter for the week. That weaves a lesson about consent into the acts of kindness.

Kids can choose whether they want a hug, handshake, high-five or fist bump by slapping an icon for their desired action on a wall. Then the greeter offers up what the student requested. Most kids opt for hugs, Blancas said.

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