They were going to buy a sailboat. Instead, they changed the lives of 26 kids.
Marty Burbank was going to buy a sailboat.
He and his wife, Seon Chun-Burbank, have done well. The couple were the first in their families to go to college. Now, Marty is a Navy veteran and works as an elder care attorney. Seon is a college professor. The couple love the water and even tied the knot on a yacht.
Why not enjoy the spoils of their hard work and set their sights on the high seas?
Marty has volunteered and donated supplies and money to the Anaheim, California, elementary school and its teachers.
After hearing a sermon about charity, they crunched the numbers, and the choice was clear.
“For the cost of buying a boat and the maintenance and the storage over the next 12 years, I can put these kids through school, and that seemed like a better investment,” Burbank told local news channel FOX 11.
And that’s exactly what they did.
The couple pledged to pay for two years of community college and two years at a California state university, or the equivalent amount, for all 26 of Ashton’s kindergarten students.
To receive the funds, each child has to complete a drawing or essay each year about what going to college means for their future and their family.
The price tag for the project is around $1 million.
For the Burbanks, it means delaying retirement and sticking to dry land a little longer.
“They say give until it hurts a little, and this hurts. But we feel it’s the best investment we could make,” he told CNN.