Public school teachers are some of the hardest working people on earth. After all, they need intense determination, knowledge, and most of all, love. So, when one Nebraska teacher had his favorite basketball shoes stolen from his classroom, his students decided to pitch in and surprise him with a new pair! Afterward, his touching and inspiring reaction went viral…
A Teacher Finds Out His Shoes Are Stolen
This incredible story all started three weeks ago. Trey Payne works as a teacher at Logan Fontenelle Middle School in the city of Bellevue, Nebraska. Like the greatest teachers, Payne believes that everyone should work together and care for one another, trying to set an example for his teenage students.
Unfortunately, while his students adore him, not everyone cares about the plights of a hardworking teacher. One day, Payne returned to his classroom only to discover that someone had stolen his favorite Nike basketball shoes from his classroom. The teacher felt crushed. Payne loves basketball and had saved up hard-earned dollars to pay for the shoes. To make matters worse, he had no leads or ideas about who perpetrated the crime. It seemed like the teacher would need to suffer through. Then, his years of hard work was paid right back to him, when Payne’s students came together to help him out…
Pitching In, Helping Out
After finding out about the stolen shoes, Payne’s students also felt upset. They saw his own sadness and wanted to help him. So, in a unanimous decision, the students decided to do something about it: they each pitched in what they could afford and bought him a new pair of Nike basketball shoes! Meanwhile, Payne had no idea about their plan.
A few days after they found out about their stolen shoes, the students got together at the beginning of the school day and headed to Payne’s classroom. There, they asked their teacher if they could show him something. When he said yes, they revealed their incredible plan!
“It’s About More Than A Pair Of Shoes”
Luckily, a student captured what happened next on video. It starts with Mr. Payne smiling anxiously as one student hands him a bag. “You’re making me nervous,” he says. Then, another student asks him to reach the card first. About halfway through reading the letter, the teacher begins to become choked up with tears. By the time he opens his surprise gift, he is at loss for words. Payne takes out the shoebox on video and through tears asks, “Are you serious?”
After seeing his new shoes, Payne completely broke down in tears. In the video, you can see that everyone felt just as overwhelmed with emotion as the teacher himself. Afterward, Bellevue Public Schools shared the incredible video in a Facebook post. In it, the school also included Payne’s touching response. To him, he says, the gift was “more than a pair of shoes, it’s about doing things to build everyone up around you. I try to show my kids this and I think the lesson has sunk in for many, in turn, reaffirming my purpose and my ideals.”