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Mom gives son's special needs teacher $500

February 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Madeline Hodge of Irvine says her sixth grade son's Meadow Park Elementary school teacher, Samantha Webster, often pays out of her own pocket to help her students.

"He was late a couple times, and he mentioned he didn't have an alarm clock and she got him an alarm clock. Just things like that, pencils, paper, anything," Hodge said.

Madeline's son, Cole, has special needs.

"Cole needed some extra help in algebra and I couldn't help him, they were already out of my range. She comes in early to help him, twice a week she schedules time for him and also after school," Hodge said.

Even Cole knew how deserving his teacher is of kindness.

"I'd say she's the best teacher I've ever had. She's nice, kind," he said.

As a result, Cole and his mother were more than happy to pay $500 forward to Webster.

Webster was still in a staff meeting at Meadow Park Elementary in Irvine when we showed up.

"They gave me $500 to pay forward, thank you for the work that you do for my son and for our children," Hodge said, handing Webster the money. "I could never repay you, thank you."

"Now, you got me choking up. Thank you so much," Webster said as she embraced Hodge.

Webster attempted to let the moment sink in.

"I'm surprised, I'm shocked and I'm honored, it's truly an honor to know that what we've done for Cole and your family could mean that much to you," Webster said.

Of course, Cole couldn't forget to personally thank his favorite teacher.

"Thank you so much for helping me! Thank you!" he said.

Webster wants to pay the money forward back into the classroom.

"It just makes you feel so good inside, because I love what I do every day, and I love coming to school and making a difference in every kid," Webster said.

Want to Pay It Forward? Tell us who you think deserves $500 on the Pay It Forward tab on our Facebook page. Every week until March 30, 2012, one person will be selected at random to receive $500 to Pay It Forward.