KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Students, teachers and parents at West Valley Middle School in Knox County worked together to make a difference in another teacher’s life.
Eighth grade math teacher Chris Price suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy.
The West Valley Honor Society collected money for weeks to present Price with a new motorized wheelchair that he couldn’t afford. The students and staff also got Price, who’s a big fan of comic books, a Superman cape.
The scooter was given to Price at an emotional surprise gathering Friday in front of the entire school.
Price says his deteriorating health was making him think twice about teaching, but the compassion of his students made him change his mind.
“The kids mean a lot to me and the fact that they helped me to continue to do what I love to do, I’m going to stay with teaching. I don’t know. I think this is just what I was called to do,” said Price.
The students say they’ve been collecting funds since January when Price got back from receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
He says thanks to this wheelchair, he’ll be able to continue doing what he loves – teaching.
“To know that they accepted me was kind of a like a big time in my teaching career. Because these kids, they don’t judge me. They don’t think any less of me, which sometimes, I think less of myself. The kids here just have my back. And I may not have a lot of money, but not everybody can have this feeling that I can get when I’m with the kids,” he said.