A math teacher at YULA Boys High School in Los Angeles, California got a big surprise from his students after they held a secret fundraiser over the summer and partnered with community-driven organizations to match donations.
Your four-hour commute
It all started when Joshua Gerendash, a student of Julio Castro, noticed that he was surfing the Internet looking for reliable transportation for around $1,500 since he had a four-hour trip to get to work by bus and scooter. according to Los Angeles Times.
His commute included waking up at 4:30 am, riding a scooter seven miles to a bus station, then taking a 90-minute bus ride to Century City, and finally riding a mile to campus. Castro knew that his students were aware of his situation, but he never thought they would do anything about it.
I did my best. She always told them: When life doesn’t go your way, what do you do? Don’t cry about it. Don’t complain about it. Just be grateful for what you already have, and then move on. And one day some good things will happen.
How his students put this whole charade together
When Castro arrived at school late for a defective recognition assembly, he had no idea what he was in for. The whole assembly was a set up! The students honored him by sharing video testimonials, a confetti procession, and to his surprise, A CAR!
High school students from Yula Boys School in Los Angeles surprised their teacher with a car today. They spent the summer raising over $13,000 and orchestrated an elaborate reveal today on campus. The atmosphere is unreal, the students were freaking out all afternoon. pic.twitter.com/YVcVwqiMjk
— emily rahhal her/her (@RahhalEmily) August 25, 2022
The students gifted him a dark blue 2019 Mazda with only 30,000 miles and were able to raise enough money to give him a year of donated insurance and gas to thank the teacher for always going the extra mile.
Yet another generous gesture!
However, this is not the first time that the students of YULA Boys High School have gone out of their way for a teacher. Just last year, the kids surprised Castro with an electric scooter and gave a teacher in the past a gift worth a couple of thousand dollars, according to patch.
A student said,
Whatever happens to him, he’s going to find some way to pay for it.
Castro, while remaining humble about the situation, explained why he is not complaining about his trip.
I have relatives who do not have papers, who are not documented, who have three jobs, are paid less than me and do not complain. I am so grateful to have an amazing partner and amazing children. So this trip is literally nothing.
While Castro tried to make the most of his 90-minute bus ride by catching up on sleep or grading papers, he is grateful for his gifts, his students and his journey at this school. So much so, even, that in the past he’s turned down a teaching job closer to home.
Roommates, do you remember the first teacher who marked your life?