High school students give teacher kittens after learning her cat died

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Texas high school teacher Tonya Andrews went from tears of grief one day during class to tears of joy the next. The day after telling her students that her beloved cat had passed away, they brought her kittens.

The sweet story began last week during Andrews' statistic class at Joshua High School. When Andrews began to cry in class, the students asked her what was wrong, and she replied that her 16-year-old cat, Blondie, had passed away.

"She kind of lost it and started bawling at that point," Rachel Hanhart, one of the students told ABC News.

So Hanhart got together with three other students and brainstormed ways to cheer her up. They decided on flowers, balloons, cupcakes ... and a couple of adorable little kittens. Hanhart said her mom helped the group research where to find kittens needing a home in the Fort Worth area.

Hanhart and another of the students, Ashlei Mahan, shared videos on social media of the heartwarming moment they delivered Andrews' new kittens. When the teacher catches sight of the little bundles of joy, she gasps, puts her hand over her mouth, and then starts clapping.

"Are these mine?" she asks as they hand over the kittens. "Hi, sweetie."

The videos have received more than 100,000 likes. Andrews told the Huffington Post, "My heart can now experience happiness again," adding that she named the kittens Missy and Girlie.