More than 400 students and faculty members from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, TN gathered around the home of one of their teachers whose presence was noticed less and less in the classroom and throughout the hallways. Ben Ellis, a high school teacher, is battling cancer. As the severity of his disease has increased, he has been forced to spend more time at home recovering.
The students and other faculty members could have easily ignored his absence. Most students rejoice when their teacher is away and relish in the freedoms afforded to them whenever a substitute teacher is left in charge. You can always expect a movie to be shown to help get through a class period and if the students are really lucky, their teacher usually leaves behind a game for them to play. You can almost guarantee that little schoolwork is done whenever the teacher is gone, however, this community of students and faculty members didn’t like that Ellis was away.
They wanted to find a unique way to show him that he was missed and that they were thinking of him. All 400 plus students and teachers boarded school buses and loaded up their cars and drove to the man’s house. They filled his lawn and together began singing to help boost Ellis’ spirits.
He was completely blown away by how supportive his students and colleagues were. He wrote, “This is one of the many things I love about CPA…they will stop “education” for a bigger lesson…a lesson of life, of love, of compassion, of community. Today these students learned more than they would have in a classroom”.
It was absolutely incredible to see this plan unfold. Ellis sang along from his window as he watched his students below. He was truly touched by their compassion and genuine concern as is everyone else who watches this heartwarming video.