Autistic Students With Teachers And Aides Get Surprise Treat

Anonymous patron pays for $485 lunch bill at Tex-Mex restaurant

MyCentralJersey.com
When five classes of autistic students along with their teachers and other staff went out to lunch, they knew it was a special occasion. But they hadn't yet learned just how special.

Twenty-five students and 21 staff members were celebrating both Cinco de Mayo a day late and National Teacher Appreciation Day at the Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ. After their meal, the manager came over and said that an anonymous person paid the $485 tab, according to MyCentralJersey.com. Students and staff ate quesadillas, chips and salsa, tacos, and chicken fingers, according to the New York Daily News. Taking students on trips is an important part of the curriculum because it helps them learn about different social settings. Everyone had brought money to pay for their meals, when they were left speechless, according to the MyCentralJersey.com report.

"At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs. ... She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day," said teacher Jeannette Gruskowski, who has worked at the school since 2005.

"Nobody's ever done such a generous, anonymous thing like that," Gruskowski said. The students were told they could use the money for another trip and a letter describing the generous gift went home to their parents.

The staff and students don't have a way to directly thank their anonymous benefactor, so they did the next best thing. They put together a giant thank you letter addressed to "Dear Kindhearted Samaritan" and hoped to hang it at the restaurant in case the person returned and was able to see it. Gruskowski told MyCentralJersey, "We'd like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant."

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zarm90

Another angel makes thier mark.BELIEVE

May 15 2014 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zarm90

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May 15 2014 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yannaro

As the Church Lady would say: now isn't that special.

May 15 2014 at 4:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
njdist5ll

Thank You to that wounderful lady from a parent with a special needs child. Most of the time when I go into a resturant with my child people expet the worst like the child screaming and banging on the table. But don't worry folks they don't they are probably the best behaved children and most polite children in the resturant. Again thank you to that kind lady from central Jersey I live in north Jersey

May 15 2014 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rebecca

Ahhh just when I thought there was no more good folks on the planet. But seriously, this story lit up my life!

May 15 2014 at 12:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
aynee60

Rather than "autistic" children, use the more appropriate term "children with autism". Thus the classification is just one element of an individual.

May 14 2014 at 11:48 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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mark and sheri

Just have to find something to complain about, don't you? Sad.

May 15 2014 at 1:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John batey

Our autistic citizens are one of our country's greatest assets.... we can all learn a great lesson from them.....

May 14 2014 at 10:31 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
David

Out of ALL of the random acts of kindness I've seen, THIS has to be "the ICING of the cake". I'd like to THANK this anonymous person for doing what she'd done, for she obviously went OUT of her way to help all of these people to PAY for their meals.

May 14 2014 at 10:30 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
leslie.5656

This is to thunderdogie You are a total ignorant pompous a**hole. There is nothing wrong with learning about different cultures. It also sounds like you attended summer school. However, you apparently did not learn very much.

May 14 2014 at 10:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
yo wat up coll

To the nice woman who paid the lunch bill for the students and teachers, Well Done!!!!
That was so wonderfully kind :) I doubt your rich and I imagine the lunch bill was not small change for you either.
You were very kind.

May 14 2014 at 9:36 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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