June 1, 2019

We might sometimes feel ashamed to ask strangers for help, but not this dad from New York who knew that he had to for his son’s sake.

In April, Denise Wilson was riding the subway home to Brooklyn when she overheard a conversation between two strangers sitting across from her. One man was telling the other that he was trying to learn fractions again so he could teach his son who had just failed a math test.

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The man was Corey Simmons, a clothing designer, who was on his way to pick up his son.

Simmons had a hunch that the man “knew something about math,” he told The Washington Post. He started speaking out loud about his son failing a test to get the man’s attention, which worked.

“I used to be a math teacher,” Wilson recalled the stranger telling Simmons.

Soon, the stranger and Simmons were doing the math problems on the train. Witnessing the interaction, Wilson couldn’t help but be moved by it.

“I started tearing up, that warmed my heart,” she told CBS New York. “So I snapped a picture.”

The photo was uploaded to her Facebook page and shared widely.


“It was just one person helping another, and I thought that was beautiful,” Wilson said.

While some might not feel comfortable asking for help, Simmons doesn’t mind a bit.

“You have to ask questions to get information. I’m not shy or ashamed to ask,” he said. “I was letting him know ‘I need help, you know, your assistance would be great here on the train.’”

“Don’t feel shy to ask someone for help, it’s OK,” Simmons emphasized.

As for his son, Corey Jr., the boy retook his math test and passed it with flying colors—full marks!

“My son passed his fractions test this morning. He got 100 out of 100. All 23 questions right,” he told Global News.

Watch the video below: