Grade 11 and 12 students choose to show up to prom in T-shirts instead of ball gowns and suits to raise money for their grieving music teacher who lost everything in an unfortunate incident.
At a local high school in San Francisco, Mr. Adams was well-loved by his pupils. He taught music, something he was passionate about ever since he was a child.
Like any other music enthusiast, Mr. Adams aimed to become a famous musician. He wanted to hit it big, go on tour, and release albums. However, as time passed, he realized his dream was something he wouldn’t be able to reach.
Despite this realization, he didn’t want to give up on music, so he applied to become a high school music teacher and got the job.
Not all students were fond of playing musical instruments and singing, but because of Mr. Adams’ fun and easy lessons, he instantly became every pupil’s favorite teacher. He would teach them how to play instruments using top hits and have jamming sessions with them where they performed the students’ favorite songs.
“You know, the key to making the kids love your lessons is to make it relatable to them,” he told his fellow teachers one day. “Once you catch their attention, it’ll be easier for them to absorb what you’re trying to teach them.”
Mr. Adams taught Grade 11 and 12 high school students. Thanks to his fun nature, his students respected him as a teacher but treated him like a friend. They went to him for advice and would hang out with him outside of class to play music and exchange stories.
One day, his students scheduled a day to spend time with him to make their upcoming prom’s playlist. He was glad to help them and scheduled their session for Friday that week.
However, that Friday, Mr. Adams didn’t show up to class for the first time. “I wonder if he’s okay,” one student said, worried. “He’s never been absent before!”
The students waited inside the music room patiently, thinking Mr. Adams had likely been running late. After a couple of minutes, though, the school director entered the room and said that Mr. Adams would not be returning any time soon.
“I know how much you all love Mr. Adams, so I’m disclosing this information. Last night, a forest fire burned down his house, and he was devastated. He worked hard to put up that house, but he couldn’t save it. He was only able to retrieve a few items, but other than that, everything he owned is gone,” she revealed.
The news saddened Mr. Adams’ students. Some of them couldn’t stop their tears from falling, as they could only imagine how heartbroken their favorite teacher was at the moment.
“We have to help him!” one of the students said.
“How?” another asked.
Instead of holding music class that day, the school director allowed the students to brainstorm ways they could help Mr. Adams out. After an hour, they concluded that they would not be wearing gowns and suits to prom this year, and instead, they’d go in T-shirts and jeans.
“Our budget for gowns and suits, let’s pool them together and give the money to Mr. Adams so he could rebuild his house and purchase essential items,” the student council president announced.
Everybody agreed to this, and when the special night finally came, they all arrived at the function in matching T-shirts and jeans. Mr. Adams had yet to arrive, but he was scheduled to go because he couldn’t help but fulfill his promise of being their DJ that night.
When Mr. Adams finally made it inside, he was surprised to see everyone in casual wear instead of the usual prom attires. “Did the theme change?” he asked, as he was wearing a suit and tie.
“No, Mr. Adams, the theme didn’t change, but we wanted to do something special for someone dear to us. Instead of buying new dresses and suits, we pooled in the money and placed it here,” the student council president said, raising an envelope for Mr. Adams to see.
“We’re sorry to hear about your house, Mr. Adams. We hope this amount can somehow help you rebuild what you’ve lost,” she added before handing him the envelope.
Mr. Adams was genuinely surprised and couldn’t help but cry. He looked at his colleagues as if to ask whether this was a prank, but they all gave him assuring nods.
“I can’t believe this…” he managed to say. “Thank you, kids. I mean, really. This means so much to me, and it’ll also mean so much to my family. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart,” he said between tears.
As soon as he accepted the envelope, his students rushed to give him one big group hug. “We love you, Mr. Adams!” they yelled in unison.
That night, Mr. Adams made sure to give his students a prom that they would remember. He blasted all of their favorite songs and watched them happily dance the night away.
Thanks to the generous donation that his Grade 11 and 12 pupils gave him, he was able to start rebuilding his house, and this time, using disaster-proof materials, so he never had to worry about losing his home again.
What can we learn from this story?
- You never know how much impact you’ve made on other people. Mr. Adams loved his students dearly, but he didn’t realize that the feeling was mutual for his students. When they discovered he had lost his house, they sacrificed their gowns and suits for prom to raise money for him to rebuild his home.
- When you’re in a position to help someone in need, do it. Mr. Adams’ students immediately decided to help him, knowing how heartbroken their favorite teacher was after losing his home. They chose to give him a meaningful gift rather than wear luxurious gowns and suits to their once-in-a-lifetime prom experience, and it was something they did without regret.
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