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Teacher's Surprise For High School Student Leaves Him In Tears - It's Contagious

There's no greater moment for a teacher than to witness a student achieve success. This is particularly true if the student was struggling, managed to leap the hurdles and defy the odds. One teacher in Georgia recently got to experience that, and she shared it with the world.

Kimberly Wimbish, a teacher at Griffin High School in Griffin, GA, had to call on one of her students lately. This was not a bad occasion, though. This time, she got to be the bearer of good news.

Her student, 19-year-old Jamias Howard, was on pins and needles. So was his mother. The young man's future hung in the balance. Due to difficulties at home and 'unforeseen problems', Howard missed his final semester at school. He worked hard to try and keep up with and complete his assignments and prayed it would be enough to graduate. Until a few days ago, he just didn't know if he made it.

Wimbish pulled up to Howard's house and delivered the great news. Filled with trepidation, he approached the car to find out his fate and was delighted when his teacher handed him a cap and gown. Howard broke out into a huge smile and began to gush.

"I appreciate it. I love you so much.... Thank you so much for what you do for me," Howard said repeatedly to the teacher who believed in him and supported him.

The teen then began to tear up and wiped at his eyes. He was overcome with emotion by the realization that he was going to be a high school graduate.

Wimbish posted a video of Howard online, and it went viral. Hearts went out to the young man for his achievement. The teacher started a GoFundMe page to help Howard continue his education. The page features a very proud and happy Howard in his cap and gown, his head held high and his eyes sparkling. The teacher wrote, "Jamias is my student who beat the odds and is graduating from high school despite the challenges he's faced. I believe that he can further his education if accommodations are put in place. Hopefully, he can have the assistance of a parapro to attend classes with him at a college or technical school if enough funds are raised to assist him. Let's continue to support this young man and help him achieve all that he can. Thank you so much!"

Wimbish shot for the stars and hoped to raise $25,000. She’s almost reached her goal, with more than $21,000 in donations and many words of encouragement for her prize pupil.

"I love the kindness of both the teacher and student, he will go far if given a chance. All it take[s] is one person like his teacher to make a difference," one person wrote on the fundraiser page.

Another teacher who donated on the page commented, "I have tutor countless children for this reason alone. Watching them succeed and flourish from the time you have invested in them is payment enough."

Source: Pop Sugar
Photo: Kimberly Wimbish/Facebook

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