Thought a shiny red apple was the way to get on a teacher's good side? Well a shiny diamond engagement ring certainly won't hurt either! We're pretty sure these kids just won 'Student of the Month' for all eternity by helping their fourth grade teacher's boyfriend propose in the sweetest way. You guys have to see this video!
When Justin Coats of North Carolina knew his girlfriend, elementary school teacher Mandy Toombs, was the one, he planned to pop the question at the place she loved most. "I knew I wanted to propose at her school, someway, somehow," this thoughtful guy told The Huffington Post. "And let the kids be a part of it all. That's what means more than anything to her — her kids." Ugh, are you tearing up yet?!
Coats spent three months planning the whole affair — from putting together a heartfelt video of his now-fiancée's friends and family telling her to just say yes, to contacting the principal of the school to help pull off the epic moment. Finally on September 25, Toombs was called out of the classroom for a "meeting" with the principal, while her boyfriend snuck in to set the stage! When she returned, all of her students and fellow teachers were in the room and surprised her with the tearjerking proposal video.
At the end, three of the former students closest to Toombs' heart entered with a sign, reading "Miss Toombs, will you be Mrs. Coats?" and Coats dropped to one knee. "Although all my students are very special to me, these three boys hold a very special place in my heart," the bride-to-be later said. "They come to my class each morning to say 'hello', tell me 'bye' before they leave school. Justin and I go to their football games and they come to me with any problems or anything that is bothering them. To have Justin make those three boys a part of my big day, it put the icing on the cake." She, of course, said yes to the cheers of her thrilled students. No, no we're not crying — there's just a lot of dust in here, we swear...
According to ABC News, the couple is currently planning to wed in October of next year and to this day, the grand proposal is still a daily topic of conversation in the classroom! "She had parents emailing her that evening saying their kids had come home talking about it and they were so happy their kids were able to be involved in something like that," Coats said. "To be able to touch other people with it was pretty awesome."