Illinois middle school students pitch in to help teacher diagnosed with cancer

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ST. LOUIS, Illinois — Middle school students pitched in to help give their teacher something to make life easier following his cancer diagnosis.

According to KMOV, seventh grade geography teacher Kevin Walters was voted Selvidge Middle School’s teacher of the year.

“I just wanted to have a job that mattered,” Walters said. “Where I was making a difference in the world more than anything.”

Walters’ is a very personal teacher, which is why when he found out he had melanoma he shared it with the class. He could either treat the tumor near the optic nerve of his left eye or have his eye removed, Walter chose the latter.

“He told us he was gonna have his eye taken out and I was like that’ll be hard,” said student Ann Walters. “How’s he gonna do things?”

One of Walters’ students overheard him talking with a parent about getting a blind spot sensor for his car, so the students chipped in and raised money to buy the equipment. Bommarito Automotive Group installed the equipment free of charge.

“It was an absolute Godsend, it was a tremendous generous gift,” Walters said.

“He’s shared so much joy with us, so we wanted to give some joy back,” said student Isabella Jacobs.

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