In a heartwarming video that perfectly illustrates how much teachers mean to us, a group of senior students are seen giving their teacher the best surprise.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 29, 2023. It has since been updated.
Teachers are gifted individuals who make a significant impact on the lives of their students. They inspire, motivate and challenge young people to reach their full potential and can often be considered second parents to the young folks under their guidance. In a heartwarming video that perfectly illustrates the beautiful relationship between students and their teachers, a senior class pulled off a secret sleepover at their teacher's house.
A video posted on Instagram by St. Andrew's School documents how a whole class of senior students snuck into their teacher's house with the help of her husband and slept over in their kitchen. The post caption reads, "It’s senior prank season, and boy did the Class of 2023 get Ms. McGrath good. Last night, the entire senior class snuck into her house at 1 AM and bedded down for a good night's sleep all over the first floor of her residence."
For those unfamiliar with this tradition, Senior Prank Day is the day when risks are taken and hilarious—and harmless—pranks are played on teachers and younger students. From covering the halls with bubble wrap or breaking out into song and dance during lunch, seniors come up with the most outrageous jokes and pranks for the big day.
In the video, Ms. McGrath is seen coming down for her morning coffee at 6 AM when she discovers people sleeping on her kitchen floor. She opened the door again a few moments after closing it out of sheer shock the first time and came into the room saying, "Good morning, my little bunnies."
The students woke up, and some even came into the kitchen from other rooms after hearing her voice. She questioned how long the students had been in her home as she surveyed the room with apparent feelings of surprise and awe. "1 AM," one student replied before Ms. McGrath exclaimed, "How did I not hear you? You're like commandos."
The room erupts with laughter as their teacher carefully walks around and the 59-second video comes to an end. Teachers go above and beyond their job requirements to support and encourage their students, and their dedication and hard work often go unrecognized. Teachers truly are gems and in many respects, they may be viewed as an extension of the family, providing care and support to their students both in and out of the classroom. On Reddit, the video received over 56.6K upvotes, and in the comments, people gushed about how cute the teacher's response was.
"She’s such a sweetheart and handled it like a pro. She must’ve been shocked to see all her students in her own house and space, but instead, she showed how delighted she was. We need more teachers, and students, like this," said u/cantopay. "Guaranteed when the day comes for her retirement, moments like this will be front and center of the memories she’ll cherish!" wrote u/Misguided_Society. "Teachers that foster this kind of action and reaction with their students is one in a million. She made an impression on all of them it looks like. For the better!" added u/sineplussquare. "This is so sweet! They clearly love her and she loves them. This is the kind of person you want to be working with kids," shared u/Viperbunn.