Students help fund 80-year-old school teacher's retirement

Students help fund 80-year-old school teacher's retirement

The rising cost of living forced the previously retired Mr James to get a job at a local school.

Texas students help janitor retire forced to work
Frank Somerville/Facebook

When life gets tough, it's nice to come across some good, wholesome stories that warm your heart.

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We all know that life can get pricey, especially when an unexpected expense throws your whole budget out the door.

In the last few years, this has even required retirees to return to work.

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Three students at a high school in Texas, USA recently found out that their school's newest staff member, Mr James, had retired but applied and got the job at the school after his rent was raised and he needed a serious source of income.

One of the students, Greyson Thurman, turned to TikTok and posted a video where he wanted to create awareness for the fundraising initiative they started on GoFundMe:

@grey.thurman Go fund me is in the bio! My classmates and I hate seeing Mr. James here, no one his age should have to be cleaning our messes up to continue to live. #fyp#school#gofundme#fy#mrjames ♬ snowfall - Øneheart & reidenshi

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Their campaign, 'Get Mr. James out of school!', quickly blew up and within 12 hours they had raised $10,000, hitting their goal.

The community continued to show their support and although the students have since closed donations, the current amount is $270,905.

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Main image courtesy of Frank Somerville/Facebook

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