Student In Foster System Adopted By Former Teacher

It is in a typical mother’s disposition to nurture, even beyond their own families. A full-time mom and part-time coupon collector, Kimberly Gager used her stash to help Hurricane Harvey victims. A teacher at Pathways Learning Center, Bennie Berry was a mom to hundreds of students. But when 16-year-old Anthony asked Berry to adopt him, true motherhood became a reality.

‘Well, at first I thought he was making jokes until he actually explained the situation,’ said Bennie…

‘And then we struck a deal: Finish an assignment and then you can show me the website.’

In foster care since the age of 9, Anthony gave up hope on becoming part of a family — until enrolling in Bennie’s English class. Though Anthony’s swift request came as a total surprise, Bennie didn’t hesitate to take the youngster in.

‘I have a son. I’m more than elated,’ she said… ‘I have a son for the rest of my life.’

Sometimes, love happens in ways that can’t be taught — not even by an English teacher.

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