LAMAR, MO.--- Students at Lamar High School returned the favor today for a retired teacher who impacted students beyond the classroom by naming a nature trail after her.
"God has blessed me so much. I just appreciate the kids wanting to do this," said Laurann Robertson, Lamar High School Retired Teacher.
Laurann Robertson has impacted students, past and present, at Lamar High School beyond the classroom.
"I've always just loved Laurann and she's taught me so much. My dad had her as a teacher, she's just been that steady of a person for Lamar," said Jack Gilkey, Lamar High School Senior.
Today the school was able to give back to the retired biology teacher of 35 years, naming a nature trail that sits behind the school after her.
"It's a great place to study and good place to work back here. I'm so pleased and proud of these guys that they've decided to do that," said Robertson.
Lamar Senior Jack Gilkey says the idea started this summer.
"Ms. Robertson had been in pretty bad health and we wanted to do something for her," said Gilkey.
Robertson is battling brain cancer. Gilkey says more than 100 students volunteered to spread out gravel and clear the trail of garbage throughout the school year in order to surprise robertson today.
"It was something where you get to see your work pay off for something, for someone I love as much as Laurann, it's a great feeling. And that meant more to me than anything," said Gilkey.
For Robertson, it's been four years since she's taught a class, but says she's grateful for all the support the school has given her even after she left.
"I can't believe it. I didn't know why I was coming today, but this is just absolutely amazing. I'm proud of this, I hope they are too," said Robertson.