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Yankees Surprise Students In Response To Their Act of Kindness

They wanted to do something nice for their teacher - what they didn't expect was the kindness they got in return.


When a high school math teacher in New Jersey got injured last week, his students wanted to show how much they cared.

Lee Barber (aka 'Mr. Barber') fell down his steps while caring for his daughter, who has cerebral palsy.

Despite having a concussion and getting a few stitches in his head, Barber still made it to school the next day to teach his class.

To show their appreciation and do something nice for him, the students pitched in to buy Barber and his family tickets to the upcoming Yankees home opener baseball game.

When the Yankees heard about the students' good deed, Aaron Boone, the team's manager, sent a video message to Barber announcing they were giving him and his family tickets for another game. They also invited them to come by their batting practice.

After Barber saw the video, he jokingly told the students that they were all getting A's.

After the shock wore off a bit, Barber thanked his students and said that he couldn't teach them anymore, because they'd already "learned what's important in life."

But the surprise didn't end there.

The video also featured an appearance by Yankees first baseman Luke Voit who told the students that they would be joining their teacher for Game 2 and would get to meet the players themselves.

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit got in on the surprise, too. New York Yankees/Facebook

The students shared looks of disbelief before erupting into cheers.

"I'm excited to see you guys," Voit said in the video. "Let's have some fun and bring the energy."

What an awesome story about the power of kindness. Kudos to the Yankees for showing the students that their good deed didn't go unnoticed!

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the students' compassion for their teacher?


You might not be able to buy Yankees tickets for someone, but you can show people you care in other, smaller ways. Write a loved one an uplifting note, treat them to dinner or surprise a friend with flowers. The smallest acts often say the most.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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