Parent Schools Teacher Who Loses Everything In Fire
Marilyn Caylor 4/19/2019
Lauryn Ratigan always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, so after she graduated from the University of Las Vegas, she immediately dived in and pursued her dreams of educating our nation's youth. Sadly, the 1st grade teacher at Marion Earl Elementary experienced tragedy during her first year at the school that made her rethink her life.
When Lauryn came home from work one day, she was stunned to find that a raging fire had taken everything she owned, including a loved one. When a parent got word of what happened, Lauryn was the one who suddenly got schooled about one of the greater lessons in life: when there's goodwill, karma will always find a way.
Even though Lauryn lost all of her worldly possessions in the fire, there are some things that can be replaced. Sadly, the life of her beloved doggy, Cooper, wasn't something that money could buy. When parent Kimberly Snyder found out what Lauryn had gone through, she wrote a letter to the Fox5 Surprise Squad, desperate to get the teacher the help she needed.
When the news team and a camera crew made a surprise visit to her 1st grade classroom, the emotional teacher explained how recent events have impacted her life.
"You never expect something like this to happen. It's not how I wanted to start of 2019."
Lauryn also never expected to receive so much love from her kids, their parents, and her local community. When the teacher was given a box that was filled with something to help get her back on her feet, the couldn't hold back the floodgate of tears!
But, that wasn't the only surprise lesson in store for this grateful teacher. Lauryn is also a sports fan, and in addition to teaching first grade, she's also a cheer coach for the school.
Mascots from professional ice hockey team The Golden Knights also paid the teacher a visit, and gave her tickets to an upcoming game. It was there that the Fox5 Surprise Squad dropped yet another surprise on the stunned teacher. This time, the box of goodies she received made her scream with delight and awe!
However, the best gift Lauryn received that night came from the audience. When the crowd heard her story, and how she lost her sweet pup, they suddenly chanted, "Cooper, Cooper"in unison, to honor his memory.
"Having them chant his name was sweet. I know I'm not alone in this, they all understand. This really shows, you know, if you put good energy out there, good karma comes back to you."
Sometimes life delivers lessons we wish we didn't have to learn. But when you live a life of integrity and do good deeds, the universe has a way of helping to make things feel whole again.
Even though a house fire took everything, Lauryn learned that she was never really alone.