Students surprise hospitalized teacher with visit and worship songs

by Seth Udinski
Students surprise hospitalized teacher with visit and worship songs

Seth Udinski, FISM News


A heartwarming story of Christian love and goodwill broke out of Wisconsin last week, involving a suffering teacher and her caring students.

Carol Mack, who served as a teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend, Wisconsin, for 45 years, was recently hospitalized with stage 4 cancer at the nearby Aurora St. Luke’s Health Care Center. On Nov. 3, the longtime teacher was given a meaningful gift from her first and second grade students.

Twenty-six students, along with their parents, arrived at the hospital to bless their teacher and sing worship songs for her. This great act of love highlights not only Carol’s impact on her students, but the great love of these little ones for a teacher that has clearly meant so much to them.

Aurora St. Luke’s posted on its Facebook page the next day,

Before moving to hospice, one of her fellow teachers and friends wanted Carol to be able to reunite with her students once again. With the help of Aurora St. Luke’s, Carol’s care team and the school, this was made possible. Yesterday, 26 students lined up outside the hospital entrance. Carol was there to greet her current and former students, including some of their parents whom she also taught, and hear the kids sing worship songs to her.

Carol spoke of the gesture, saying,

It was overwhelming and very special. I hope people see how much these kids and their teacher loved each other and how our school community came together.

Carol’s therapist, Luiza Campols, further captured the impact of the gesture, saying,

When I saw her and the kids singing, it was the most rewarding thing. We were very lucky to be a part of that. It was the most beautiful, touching thing. (Carol) didn’t have children of her own but has more kids than she could ever count. To see so much love coming back to somebody that is so selfless and deserving…it is a true blessing.