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Mt. Vernon students gift color blind teacher with glasses that will help him see the world in color

Posted: 9:58 PM, Dec 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-19 22:26:42-05
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FORTVILLE — Students at Mt. Vernon High School raised enough money to surprise their biology teacher, who is color blind, with a Christmas present he’ll never forget.

Dennie Mitchell teaches biology and is beloved by his students.

He’s also color blind.

As a special Christmas surprise, those students got together to raise money to buy Mitchell something that would change the way he sees the world – literally.

One of Mitchell’s students, David Bundy, organized the whole thing.

“I knew that the glasses existed and when I looked them up, it looks pretty pricey, so I thought I might get some help,” Bundy said.

The students raised more than $300 to buy the enchroma glasses that improve the way people who have color blindness see colors.

“I am very surprised because I know that’s a significant amount of money,” said Mitchell. “I don’t know exactly how much they cost, but I’ve looked at them before and I go ‘I’m not buying them.’”

Watch the video above to see the students surprise Mitchell and his first time seeing the world “in color.”