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Teacher who commuted 4 hours a day is surprised by students who bought him a car

Teacher who commuted 4 hours a day is surprised by students who bought him a car

"He still makes sure to devote all this time to students," said Joshua Gerendash, who happened to notice Castro looking at cars online as he didn't have one.

A student surprised his teacher in the best way possible. 31-year-old Julio Castro resides in Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at YULA Boys High School. To be on time, he wakes up around 4:30 a.m. every morning and commutes four hours a day by scooter and bus to get to and from school. By the time he returns home, it gets as late as 9:30 p.m. and thus he is left with no time to spent with his three young children who sleep by then. 

"He still makes sure to devote all this time to students," said Joshua Gerendash, who happened to notice Castro looking at cars online as he didn't have one. "He'll skip his lunch break to help a student and stay after school. He also helps students who aren't in his classes. He's really, really, really devoted to our futures," he added. Gerendash wanted to express his gratitude and soon became committed to getting a car for Castro.



 

After a months-long fundraising campaign, Castro's students raised more than $30,000 to buy him a 2019 Mazda CX-3 after learning about his transportation difficulties. They not only nough him a car but also presented him a year's worth of gasoline and car insurance. "I feel surprised. I feel special. So thank you to my students. They are like my kids as well. Now that I have a car, I get to drop off my kids every morning. And then coming here with time to spare, I can use it on my lesson plans. Then on my way back, traffic is still bad, but I'll be able to make it for dinner," Castro told KABC

"No matter what happens with him, he is gonna find some way to pay it forward," said senior Charlie Leeds during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "We've been taught certain values like empathy" and to "treat your fellow person as you'd want to be treated. Mr. Castro is the embodiment of that. With this car, with this new opportunity, he's only going to find more and more ways to help other people around him."

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | ABC News

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