Retired school security guard got the ultimate present from grateful students and parents at The Hockaday School in Dallas: a check over $183,000.
The funds were raised for guard Kifleab Tekle in an effort to honor the services he provided to the school for over 30 years.
Considered the “Hagrid of their Hogwarts,” students were most appreciative of Tekle’s commitment to his job, in addition to providing the students with laughs, smiles, and comfort.
Some of the wealthiest families in Dallas send their daughters to attend Hockaday (former First Daughter’s the Bushes and Cubans attended the school), so it came as no surprise that when a GoFundMe account was created to raise a few funds ($2000) to present Tekle with, the alumni well exceeded that goal.
“If you’ve ever been to Hockaday, you’ve seen Kief,” Amy Patrick, wrote on the the GoFundMe for Tekle. “He’s the one who knows your name, even after 15 years away from campus. He’s the one who kept tabs on you and made sure you were safe.”
“I had no idea it would get to this point,” Abby Hoak-Morton, a 2005 graduate who created the page, told The Dallas Morning News.
Other sentiments similar to Patrick’s filled the page, as alumna happily donated to the man who showed nothing but love to the students throughout his time there.
For Tekle, the gift means “stability for my family. The school is my life.”