An elementary school teacher discovered why she embraced the profession in the first place when her students turned up for her at a crucial time.
After 45 years on the job, Carol Mack knew she’d spent her life well, impacting generations of future leaders. However, she never realized just how deep this impact ran until she received a heartwarming surprise from her students during her crucial moment.
The 66-year-old, battling stage 4 cancer, planned to finally put down the pen after years of successful service. She spent her last year in service imparting knowledge as usual, despite her ailing health.
Unknown to her, her selfless sacrifice bestowed her students with more than just knowledge. With hearts full of love, the elementary school kids decided to give the woman a befitting sendoff.
Mack’s condition got the best of her weeks back, forcing her to spend time receiving treatment at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. She was then transferred to hospice care for further treatment, but not before receiving her grand surprise.
On November 3, the scheduled transfer date, the amazing teacher made her way out of the Milwaukee hospital in a wheelchair, ready for the next phase of her life.
However, she was greeted by a hoard of well-wishers. Her guests included 26 students, some former students, and parents whom she taught at some point.
Before she could take in the affectionate gesture, the kids burst into worship songs compiled in her honor. The grand show of love moved Mack to tears, as one by one, she made her way around the crowd, dishing out love-filled embraces and pats on the head.
Aurora Health Care shared a video of the beautiful moment on Facebook. The clip, which has been reposted several times, soon went viral, moving thousands of netizens to tears. Reacting to the heartwarming video, a Facebook user wrote:
“I hope the children know what they did for their teacher and understand how much it meant to her.”
Notably, Mack, who never had kids of her own, experienced the joy of motherhood at that moment, shedding tears of joy at seeing all the love she spent her life-giving, coming back to her a hundredfold.
She described the experience as overwhelming, adding that she wanted the world to see the love between “these students and their teacher” and be inspired by it.
Several of Mack’s past students, who could not be present at the grand sendoff, joined the emotional outpouring of love on social media.
Most extended love, prayers, and support to the teacher while testifying to how amazing a teacher she was. Many deemed themselves blessed to have once been under her tutelage. Moments like these are what make becoming a teacher so fulfilling. Ask Carol Mack!