Florida 9-year-old gives his teacher 'pay raise' with birthday money

A third-grade student in Florida used his birthday money to gift a “pay raise” to his teacher, saying that the decision came easy because she has “the most important job.”

Parker Williams told NBC affiliate WFLA that he wanted to give the $15 he received on his ninth birthday to someone who deserved to make more money. He told the news station that his Gorrie Elementary School teacher fit that description, describing her as someone who is "nice and kind" and always spends time on every student. 


“I don’t think they get paid very much. And, so I think that I wanted to give my teacher a gift and share my ideas," he said. 

Parker attached the $15 to a note that read: "Dear Mrs. Chambers, I don’t think that teachers get paid enough for what they do, so will you accept this gift?" 

Mrs. Chambers later returned the "pay raise" to Parker, saying in a note to the student, "I can’t accept this, but appreciate the gesture, Parker. Students like you are the reason I teach."

Parker's father and mother found about their son's deed after discovering the notes from him and his teacher in his backpack. Parker's mother told the news station that her eyes immediately began "welling up with tears" knowing that her son took the initiative on his own. 

Parker's father later shared the episode on Facebook, in a post that quickly went viral.