Las Vegas students planning to fix favorite teacher's truck

Truck was gift from teacher's dad

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A group of students at Northwest Career and Technical Academy is surprising their favorite teacher with an amazing gift.

Elijah Coll came up with the idea after talking to Mr. Chapple about his broken down truck that has been sitting in the high school's parking lot for more than four years.

Mr. Chapple drove the 1984 Chevrolet C10 from Oklahoma to Las Vegas after his dad died. It was his dad's gift to him before he passed away. The truck has a lot of sentimental value to Mr. Chapple.

"It means so much to him," said Isaac Medley.

The truck needs a new transmission among other repairs. Mr. Chapple hasn't had the money to fix it in years.

So the students came up with an idea to fix it for him with money their raise themselves.

"It would probably be smarter to get a new truck but it's so sentimental and it makes him so happy to drive it that he would rather drive that instead of something that is nice and pretty," said Elijah Coll.

What makes the situation even better is Mr. Chapple teaches courses about cars and fixing cars. So the students plan to use the skills Mr. Chapple taught them to fix his truck.

"He's just a great guy overall," said Medley. "I love him to death. he is like a father figure."

"For all the times that he's gone out of his way to help us, it would be nice to go out of our way to help him and give him a final farewell gift from the class of 2018."

The students have already raised $880 dollars but hope to raise a bit more. If you want to help, click here.

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