- A Californian teacher in the US was given a pleasant surprise by his former students
- The 77-year-old teacher was living in his 24-year-old car for close to eight years because he was sending all his salary back to his family in Mexico
- His former students raised N10million to help him get a house and support his family even as he continues teaching
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A 77-year-old teacher who has been living in his car got a boost from his former students who raised 10 million to help him live a better life.
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Jose Villarruel was working as a substitute teacher but as soon as the pandemic hit, he was among the first workers who were sent home without pay.
One of his former students Steven Nava noticed that he was always moving around his car and sleeping in it.
He then decided to rally other students to raise money so that they could help the teacher.
Initially, their goal was to raise N1.7 million but they were shocked that the amount raised was almost six times their starting goal.
When turning 77 years old on Thursday, 11, the students decided to surprise him with goodies and the check while also serenading him for shaping their lives.
“We do not appreciate these teachers enough, and that is something that we should be doing,” said Nava.
According to the teacher, he has been living in his 24-year-old car for close to eight years.
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But things got worse for him when the pandemic started when schools closed and he was left with no income and no job.
He literally carried everything in his car, powers his laptop via the car battery electricity and he says, he cannot afford to rent a house because he has his family back in Mexico who rely on his salary.
He could not believe what his students had done for him and he said:
“I am still trying to digest the entire experience, it is extraordinary. Totally unexpected.”
His students then gave him all the goodies they had for him and watched him drive off.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that if there are things currently warming souls and bringing out emotions from the inner part of the hearts, perhaps one of them will be the viral picture of a young hawker signing on the shirt of an overjoyed final year student.
In the heartwarming picture shared by a Twitter user Osas_BigEngine, the hawker who appears to be selling sachet water on the street was captured with a marker while having his signature on the shirts of the student.
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