Friday, October 20, 2017

Not all substitute teachers are disrespected

Walter Erickson is an 80-year-old retired teacher, but he still subs almost every day at Champlin Park High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "He's the kind of sub where he connects with us more on a personal level, and he obviously loves what he does and that makes it more encouraging for us to learn," says Katie Blodgett, a senior. "He is saving up to pay for his wife to get cataract surgery and much needed dental work," adds Kelsy Breiter, also a senior, "and we found the surgery may not be covered, so we wanted to help."

Blodget and Kelsy Breiter and another friend started a GoFundMe page for Mr. Erickson, and small donations from students came pouring in. The initial goal was $500, but the latest total is $13, 905. The students at Champlin Park left a permanent impression on their substitute teacher. Erickson said he was "just overwhelmed." As for his sub-teaching career, he said he won't be stepping down soon.

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