Middle school students can be terribly difficult to control. This is an age when students begin to strive for autonomy from authority, and the real rebellion begins.
So when Logan Fontenelle Middle School teacher Trey Payne’s basketball shoes were stolen from his classroom, no one expected his students to react with the same compassion as they did.
How a Nebraska middle school class made its teacher cry
The students wanted to help Payne replace the shoes, so they donated money to replace the stolen Nikes.
“We chatted with the whole group, invited our friends who we thought would donate,” said eighth-grader Carlo Kemper. KETV 7. “We collected the money and ordered the shoes to give to him.”
The surprise was filmed and went viral. A student tells Payne to open the card before opening the gift.
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“You all make me nervous,” Payne says in the video.
After reading the card, Payne takes a shoebox out of the gift bag. He glances through the group of students and asks, “Are you serious?” To which the students respond with a collective “yes”.
The teacher starts shaking his head in disbelief and takes off his glasses, covers his face and starts crying. Students in the background of the video can also be heard getting emotional.
“You’re going to make me cry,” said one student.
Then they all come over for a group hug.
Take care of each other when needed
For Payne, it was more than the shoes that made him emotional. He said in a statement from the school: “It’s more than a pair of shoes, it’s about doing things to build everyone around you. I try to show that to my kids and I think the lesson has been learned for many, in turn reaffirming my purpose and ideals.
Payne is clearly doing something right in his class. Creating a sense of community is powerful. You never know when the community you helped create takes care of you. We all have something to learn from Mr. Payne and his students.