Teacher Makes a Promise to His Students That Resulted in This Giant Tattoo

teacher tattooFox 10 Phoenix / YouTubeMotivating students to do well is a challenge many teachers face, but one high school teacher recently found a foolproof way to make sure his class did its best -- and what he did will stay with him forever, literally! Joshua Murray, a 25-year-old teacher at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona (where he went to school himself), wanted to do something to make sure his students went to college, even though he knew many of them didn't consider it an option. So he made them a very, very unique deal.

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Murray promised his students that for every student who received at least $5,000 in scholarships, he would get their name tattooed on his body. As in, permanently tattooed. On his skin. (No pain, no gain?)

Considering most teachers dangle such comparatively mundane carrots as pizza parties and field trips, Murray's proposal definitely falls into the category of "going above and beyond" -- but that's just how this particular educator rolls.

"I know it sounds so corny, but really they are the reason why I wake up every morning and go to work," he told Fox 10 Phoenix.

"I wake up 5 a.m., I'm like, 'let's do this,' and I get here early, and I am always happy to do my job because it's for them. This is their future."

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His enthusiasm is definitely paying off, and Murray now has the giant tattoo to prove it: The teacher got a whopping 28 names tattooed on his side for students who received a combined $700,000 in scholarships (with some even getting their entire tuition paid!). 

Really, you have to see this thing to believe it:

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We have to wonder ... did he think the tattoo would end up being quite that big? Seriously though, the most remarkable thing about this story isn't the impressive amount of ink. It's how what Murray did proves that kids can accomplish anything when they have someone who truly believes in them. Sure, they wanted to see their teacher get a ridiculous tattoo -- they're teenagers and teenagers love humiliating adults. But that's not why they worked so hard.

They worked so hard because Murray made them believe that they were capable of accomplishing their goals. He made them believe they could go to college, even if no one else in their family ever did. He made them believe they could succeed, even if the odds seemed stacked against them.

Through this grand gesture, Joshua Murray made his students believe in themselves. And, much like a tattoo, that's a gift that will stay with them forever. 

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