Anthony Berry and his mom, Bennie Berry (KTRK-TV screenshot)

Let’s start this Friday off right with some onion-chopping ninjas, shall we? We could all use a little bit of good news, and the story of a Texas student who was adopted by his high school teacher is definitely good, as well as heartwarming.

According to KTRK-TV, Anthony Berry, 16, was the one who asked his teacher at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont, Texas, to adopt him. The news station notes that Anthony had never wanted to be adopted, until he met Ms. Bennie Berry, his English teacher.

He asked her to adopt him in January.

Berry was surprised to learn that this “model” student, as she described him, wanted her to adopt him.

“Well at first I thought he was making jokes, until he actually explained the situation. And then we struck a deal: ‘Finish an assignment, and then you can show me the website,’” Berry told the news station.

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Anthony had been in foster care since he was 9, and is aware that older kids often get overlooked when families are considering adoption. He was actually the oldest child to be adopted in Jefferson County last week. Still, he wants to let others like him know that it’s never too late.

“If you have ever thought about adoption or didn’t want to be adopted, actually try it because you never know. Take into consideration that ... there is always someone that will love you,” Anthony said.

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Read more at KTRK-TV.