Math teacher receives $30,000 gift from her students

A math teacher at Yula Boys High School in Los Angeles, Calif., got a big surprise from her students when she organized a secret fundraiser over the summer and partnered with community-run organizations to match donations.

their four-hour commute to work

It all started when Joshua Gerendash, a student of Julio Castro, noticed that he was surfing the Internet looking for reliable transportation for about $1,500 because he had a four-hour commute to work by bus and scooter, According to the Los Angeles Times,

His commute included getting up at 4:30 a.m., taking seven miles by scooter to the bus station, then taking a 90-minute bus ride to Century City, and finally traveling a mile. Castro knew his students Were aware of their situation, but never thought they would do anything about it.

I made the best out of it. I always told him: What do you do when life doesn’t suit you? Don’t cry about it. Don’t shout about it. Be grateful for what you already have and then move on. And one day some good things will happen.

how his students set up this whole charioteer

When Castro arrived at school late for a defiant applause meeting, he had no idea what would happen to him. The whole gathering was a set up! Students honored him by sharing video testimonials, a confetti procession, and—to their surprise—a car!

The students gifted him a dark blue 2019 Mazda with only 30,000 miles and were able to collect enough money to give him a year’s donated insurance and gas to always thank the teacher. going the extra mile,

Another generous gesture!

However, this isn’t the first time YULA Boys High School students went above and beyond for a teacher. Just last year, the boys surprised Castro with an electric scooter, and in the past gave a teacher a gift of a few thousand dollars, according to patcho,

One student said,

No matter what happens to him, he’s going to figure out some way to make it happen.

(Emily Rahl/California Field Editor for Patch)

Castro, while still being polite about the situation, explained why he didn’t complain about his commute.

I have family members who don’t have papers – who don’t have documents, who have three jobs, they get paid less than me, and they don’t complain. I am so grateful to have a wonderful partner and wonderful children. So this commute is literally nothing.

While Castro tries to make the most of his 90-minute bus ride by sleeping or grabbing grading papers, he is grateful for his gifts, his students, and his visit to this school. Not only that, that, in the past, he turned down a teaching job closer to home.

Roommates, do you remember the first teacher who made an impact on your life?


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