Students donate money so janitor can fly overseas to meet grandson

After learning the school janitor hadn't met his new grandson born in Italy, students at Kentucky high school donate $1,900.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   June 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky., June 7 (UPI) -- Students at a high school in Kentucky surprised the school janitor with $1,900 so he and his wife could fly overseas to meet their new grandson.

During an end-of-the-year assembly at Anderson County High School, Principal Chris Glass called out janitor Ricky Spaulding to help clean up a spill in the school gym.

"They said they had a spill and of course that's my job so I went to clean the spill up," Spaulding told WLEX.

Instead of a spill, Spaulding found a bag of cash donated by students and teachers at the high school. The school had learned Spaulding had a new grandson he'd been unable to meet because his son is stationed in Italy and the trip was costly.

"My son is stationed in Italy and we are going to see him," Spaulding said. "Words can't describe the joy that I feel right now."

"Ricky is such a great guy," Glass said. "It's hard not to give to his cause."

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