An Alabama high school trainer is spending this vacation season with a brand new pet due to the generosity of his college students.
Troy Rogers, a historical past trainer at Clements Excessive Faculty in Athens, was shocked in school final month with an Eight-week-old golden retriever pet.
The college’s senior class, round 90 college students, raised practically $700 via donations from themselves and Rogers’ fellow academics to purchase the pet. The scholars began the fundraiser after studying that Rogers’ beloved golden retriever, Chip, had disappeared from his household’s house.
“Coach Rogers doesn’t have kids, so his canine was like his youngster,” stated Haleigh Moss, one of many college students who organized the donations. “He treats us like we’re his kids and he does a lot for us. We simply wished to do one thing nice for him in return.”
Rogers said his students would ask him if Chip had been discovered. However, he by no means realized they might go as far as to purchase him a brand new canine.
“They might ask if we had discovered Chip, and I’d say, ‘No we haven’t but. Thanks for asking,’ and we’d begin our educating day,” Rogers informed ABC Information. “They did all the pieces from supply to seek for him to supply up prayers. They’d desire a fast replace and we’d get into our instruction.”
Rogers stated he and his spouse made plans to undertake a brand new canine subsequent summer time when it turned bright Chip, who had lately gone blind, was not more likely to return.
These plans modified when a fellow trainer requested Rogers to come back to her classroom. When he walked into the room, his spouse was there crying, and the class was full of scholars, who offered him with the brand new pet.
“When he first walked into the room he was simply shocked from the scholars,” recalled scholar Miranda Ezell. “Then he noticed her, and you can inform he teared up, and his face turned purple. You can see the thrill in his eyes.”
Rogers described himself as “fully taken abruptly.”
“I used to be simply overwhelmed,” he stated. “It was a mixture of feeling unhealthy they’d carried out all this for me and desirous to pay them again and likewise fully shocked in a great way.”
Rogers and his spouse informed the scholars they need to be those to call the pet. They determined to call her Clementine, after the college mascot.
“I feel lots of people don’t give youngsters the credit score they deserve for the great hearts and kindness they’ve,” Rogers stated. “I’m by no means shocked by how good they are.”