STERLING – Christmas is arguably one of the most colorful times of the year, so imagine Rich Lund’s surprise when his Challand students surprised him with a gift that allows him to see all of those colors for the first time.
Lund, 46, of Sterling, directs traffic at the middle school.
Students Sydnee Thueson, 14, Paige Feather, 14 and Samantha Geil, 13, put on a secret fundraiser, and Thursday presented Lund with gloves, a hat, a scarf, a mug, a blanket, some hand and feet warmers, a poncho and two umbrellas; one black and one rainbow colored.
Oh, and a pair of Enchroma glasses. Now their caring colorblind traffic cop can see the rainbow.
The entire school managed to keep the project a secret while raising about $600. The girls said they wanted to help Lund because he helps everyone at Challand.
“They’re wonderful,” Lund said at a special assembly at Sterling High, where he was presented his presents.
“It’s going to be nice to be able to tell colors, you know.”
He put on the glasses, smiled and gave the cheering crowd a big thumbs up.
“You know what will be nice?” Lund said. “I can go shopping by myself and figure it out, without somebody being there or my wife helping me.”