El Paso, Texas--- One Eastwood high school graduate honored the memory of his 4th grade teacher three years after her tragic passing and it was all caught on a nest doorbell camera.
“My daughter loved her students. She loved them all and she was a fighter for the underprivileged,” said Dan Ferguson, father of Amanda Ferguson.
Amanda, known to her closest friends and family as Mandy, was just 28-years-old when she was tragically killed on Thanksgiving day back in 2018. She was an educator that had a love for the GreenBay Packers and for sunflowers.
“We found that after she passed that the sunflowers, what they're claim to fame was that they grow for one year and they live a very bright life and then they pass away,” said Dan, “And it's kind of ironic that my daughters favorite flower is a sunflower because that’s how she lived her life.”
It was Mandy's love for sunflowers that led Christopher, one of Mandy's very first 4th grade students, to want to honor her memory right before he walked the stage for his high school graduation.
“One day we came home and we found a doorbell video and it was a young man there and he had a handful of sunflowers and he left a message,” said Dan.
Dan and his wife were not home when Christopher decided to drop off the sunflowers, but that did not stop him from leaving a very heartwarming message on their Nest doorbell camera.
In the video Christopher looks into the Nest doorbell camera and tells Mandy’s parents that he just stopped by to leave the sunflowers to commemorate their daughter.
“She was my 4th grade teacher. I’m part of her first graduating class at Eastwood heights and I thank her for what she did in my life and I just want to give these to you as a commemoration of your daughters life’s work and really thank you for everything you’ve done for me,” said Christopher, “Even though it might not have been directly through you, It was passed down through you so I just want to say Thank you."
When dan and his wife saw the video on their nest recording, they were moved to tears but proud of the legacy their daughter left behind.
“What Christopher did was very important for all teachers because our goal as teachers is to make good kids,” said Dan, “The world is a bad place and if you could have one or two seeds planted and they grow up and become good people then thats what we strive for.”
Mandy’s former student did not leave his name in the video, but Dan and his wife, who are former educators themselves, were able to ask a few teacher friends if they knew who the student in the video was.
The principal at Eastwood Heights Elementary School was able to identify the student as Christopher. Dan and his wife are hoping to one day meet Christopher to personally thank him for this special gesture and to give him a graduation gift as well.
“Christopher, thank you so much you have no idea how much that meant to my wife and to me to have my daughters legacy passed on for you to carry a piece of her in your heart all the way through these eight years,” said Dan, “You're a good boy and we truly appreciate it.”