The power of music was on display last week in a touching tribute to a teacher with cancer.
Hundreds of students showed up outside the Nashville home of Christ Presbyterian Academy teacher Ben Ellis to play instruments and sing for him.
Ellis has been teaching at the school since 2008 and was diagnosed with cancer last year. His treatment, which included chemotherapy, was described as “extensive” by a school representative, but it didn’t stop Ellis from staying active in the community.
“It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Nate Morrow, headmaster at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, told ABC News.
“He is one of the kindest and intentionally loving people I’ve ever met in my life,” Morrow continued. “I think that’s what really characterizes him. He’s always pursuing other people in wanting to get to know them and love them.”
Ellis’ impact on his students was evident by the swath of 400 kids, grades 9-12, that descended on his house on Sept. 7 to sing outside his window for several hours. (Ellis and his wife Shelley have five children, all of whom attend the academy.)
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“In that moment, I felt like I was not alone,” Ellis said on Good Morning America Sept. 12.
The moving tribute even touched country superstar Tim McGraw, who shared the video on Sept. 10 in a post that has received over 825,000 views.
“I think we were honored that so many people would watch a man receive love from his students,” Morrow said. “Ben is a dear man and the fact that people want to honor him, we are so grateful.”