I think we can all agree that being a Teacher is one of the hardest jobs in America. Every day millions of teachers enter classrooms armed with a little more than information and good humor. With just those tools alone we expect them to teach the future of our society, and what do they get for their tireless efforts? Shiny red apples. Unless, of course, you’re Thomas Walser, just yesterday scrolling through Facebook I came across a video. The heart warming video featured Hector Montez, a student of Walser’s, gifting his teacher a pair of Jordan’s he’s wanted for almost two decades. Montez handed Walser the pair while surrounded by High School classmates who filmed the entire exchange for Montez. In the video, Montez presents the box to Walser while thanking him for “always keeping it real with me,” and hands him the box of sneakers. Walser expresses some initial hesitation even worrying that something’s going to jump out of the box at him, but after Montez reminds him of a conversation that happened years earlier about Walser’s favorite shoes his face changes from unease to joy. When he pops open the box, Walser gasps: “What?! I’ve wanted these since I was in sixth grade and I never got them… I can’t believe this.”
The sneakers in question are the Air Jordan Taxi 12s, which had their latest release in fall of 2013, and Walser threw them on immediately, admitting that they didn’t match what he was wearing that day. However just recently he was photographed dressed appropriately rocking his Jordan’s, wearing a pair of Nike athletic pants, a white tee, and a gray sweatband. Dressed in this new fit, he took at least one appropriately baller photo of himself with his students.
In Walser’s size, this 2013 release is currently selling for just under $400 on the open market. For the sneaker heads there are always pairs that get away; they refer to them as “grails.” Those are the sneakers that are rare enough that the collector couldn’t get their hands on them, or they just don’t have enough money to pay an overpriced resale price. $400 is a lot of money for one student to get together himself. But even if him and his peers, as well as some parents got together to help fund the kicks to give their teacher, it just proves one thing without a doubt, whatever they’re learning is working.
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Written By: Mark Pollard