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Students surprise teacher with donation after house burns down

(WMC-TV) - There is nothing left of Emily Nelson's house.

Two weeks ago, Nelson's home burned to the ground. She lost everything. But now, with money from her students at DeSoto Central Middle School in Southaven, Miss., she can start to rebuild.

"I can't imagine just going out of my house with my pajamas on knowing that there was nothing left of my house," said Gracie Miles, one of the students in Nelson's class.

Miles and other students are part of Biz World. They are learning business by making and selling products at school. But before they could start, the group needed $100 to cover costs. It came from Nelson's pocket.

"They may discover something about themselves and become a little entrepreneur," said Nelson.

For the past several weeks, students have been selling all sorts of items they made at school.

"We had more girls in our group than boys. There was only two boys in our group so we decided to go with jewelry," noted one student.

When it came time for the students to donate all of their profit money to a worthy cause, they decided to give it to a familiar face, going through a difficult time.

"She gave so much to us, so we decided to give something to her," said a student.

It is a heart warming reminder that what goes around comes around. Now the students are combining their profits, totaling $600, to give Nelson an unexpected return on her investment while also helping her family start over.

"For them to decide that my family is the worthy cause to help out at this moment in time that's just, it was very sweet," added Nelson.

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