Fifth-grader saves money to treat his teachers to a night out

4th June 2016 at 08:22
"It was an eye-opener to realize that a simple gesture like this would mean so much"

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In a sweet act of gratitude straight out of the movies, one fifth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma decided to show his teachers how much they meant to him before he moved on to middle school. Cody Dortch, 11, took not one, but seven out of eight of his elementary school teachers for a nice dinner out.

Photos of the group show teachers beaming. 

According to Cody's mother, Ashley Dortch, one of his teachers said she'd never experienced anything like it in 23 years of teaching. 

"Some of them cried, and it was an eye-opener to realize that a simple gesture like this would mean so much," Mrs. Dortch told ABC News. "They've done so much for my kids -- giving them an extra hug when they needed it, or a joke to make them laugh."

Cody didn't ask anyone for a hand-out either. He really wanted to show the teachers his own appreciation for them. The Northern Hills Elementary School student picked up extra chores at home and worked outside the home doing yard work and babysitting in order to raise $200. He even used some of his birthday money so the teachers would have a good time.

His inspiration came from both his friend and his father. His friend's brother passed away last year which inspired Cody to show others how you feel about them. "[H]e needs to show people that you don’t have that much time," Mrs. Dortch explained. His father, TJ, is also a teacher so Cody knows first hand how hard teachers work and how much they dedicate to their students.

The farewell dinner took place with Cody taking caring of every detail, from buying flowers for the teachers to designing invitations. The highlight was a speech he gave thanking his teachers.

Cody's fifth-grade teacher Marci McVay says, "It was very sweet."

 

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