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The idea was to bless their Bible teacher at Damascus Christian School.
They did just that and the video of their good deed has now been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world!
Students Jackson and Jonathan came up with the idea and their entire sophomore/junior Bible class was on board.
Their teacher, Mr. Knutson, had moved his family across the country to take this teaching job at Damascus Christian School near Portland, Oregon — and his family had experienced several unexpected financial and health challenges this year.
On top of that, Jonathan says the Bible class this year is almost entirely boys. “We’re a challenging class and he makes the Bible fun even though we’re not the easiest students to have. We just felt like it was time for someone to do something nice for him.”
In this case, doing something nice was the entire class getting behind the effort to donate money to buy him the new ‘North Carolina Tarheel Blue’ Michael Jordan shoes. The students raised $160 to make it happen as an early birthday gift for their teacher who really likes the Tarheels and Jordan, but does not have the extra money in the budget for something like this.
So how did hundreds of thousands of people find out about this classes efforts?
Jonathan posted the video on his Instagram account and then contacted a well known Instagram channel @houseofhighlights.
“I sent a message to them, it was a total shot in the dark, saying ‘do you think you could post this video?’ I thought they’d never even see my message. Then after track practice, I looked at my phone and I had thousands of notifications that people had liked the video and I was like what is going on? The I figured it out!”
Now, just a few days after the video was posted, it’s been viewed more than 1 million times on @houseofhighlights Instagram channel and an additional 112,000 times on Jonathan’s own Instagram page.
Way to go Damascus Christian kids!
“It really was an entire class effort,” says Jonathan. An effort that people around the world know about now.