HERMAN, MO. — It’s tradition for students graduating from Hermann High School in Missouri to hand their principal money as they receive their diploma, FOX 2 NOW in St. Louis reports.
The money usually goes to a charity. This year it went to a fellow graduating student.
Senior Zack Ruediger’s father died days before graduation, and his mother died in 2012. Yet he still attended his graduation where he noticed students were handing money to the school’s principal as they received their diploma.
Ruediger himself even donated.
It wasn’t till after he passed the money that he discovered his classmates wanted cash to go to him.
“Everyone just started cheering because we were really, really happy how much money we raised,” Kirsten Leimkuehler told FOX 2. “It’s just really cool we had the opportunity to do that.
All in all, the school raised $1300 for Ruediger.
Watch the video above to see more on the heartwarming act of kindness.