CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Students at a local school came together to give one teacher a very colorful surprise.
Trent Hopkins has been teaching history and Bible studies at Mountain Island Day Community Charter School for three years. He's loved by many of his students, and on Friday, they decided to show their favorite teacher just how much he means to them.
"As most of you know, I’m colorblind," he wrote in a Facebook post. "So a few months ago some of my students devised a plan to buy me the Enchroma glasses that help colorblind people see color."
Enchroma glasses help address colorblindness by separating out certain wavelengths of light, allowing the wearer to discern different colors. Some of the glasses can cost more than $400.
By working together, the students were able to raise enough money to get Trent a pair of the glasses. They surprised him with the new specs and "completely changed my world," he wrote.
The students made a sign for Trent, saying "You've made our lives brighter and we want to make yours more colorful," brought him outside and had him take the glasses out for a spin!
"I’ve been convinced that I teach the greatest students on the planet for a long time. Today, that belief was affirmed."
The heartwarming video shows emotional moments as Trent points out the different colored balloons students are holding. The students cheer him on, and of course, everyone gets big hugs.
"To all the students, staff, and parents involved: thank you for adding a little color and a whole lot of love to my life," Trent wrote.
Obviously, the parents and teacher involved are doing something right with these great kids. Enjoy a more colorful world, Trent!