Texas Students Surprise Teacher Whose Cat Passed Away with Kittens

ABCNews.com(JOSHUA, Texas) -- Four Texas students surprised their teacher after they discovered she was grieving because her cat had passed away.

Rachel Hanhart, a junior at Joshua High School, told ABC News that last week during College Statistics class, her teacher Tonya Andrews began to cry. After the students asked what was wrong, Hanhart recalled her teacher replied, "'I'm sorry, my 16-year-old cat named Blondie died yesterday.'"

Hanhart, 16, added: "She kind of lost it and started bawling at that point."

So that's when Hanhart along with Ashlei Mahan, Makayla Comer, and Sheridan Swindell decided to plan a surprise to cheer up Andrews.

While Comer, 17, purchased flowers, Swindell, 17, volunteered to bring cupcakes. Swindell, a junior at the school, then offered another suggestion: kittens.

"So my mom looked online to find kittens in Fort Worth that needed a home," Hanhart recalled.

The planning worked. When the students walked into their math class the following day, Andrews was moved to tears.

Hanhart and Mahan captured the moment in heartwarming videos that the two posted to Twitter. The videos have since gone viral.

"Are they mine?" Andrews asked in the video, cradling her new kittens.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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