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EDMOND, Okla. – An 11-year-old boy is letting his elementary school teachers know how much he appreciates them before heading off to middle school.

Cody Dortch saved $10 each week all year, wanting to surprise his teachers with dinner at the end of the school year.

To save the extra cash, he told Inside Edition he performed extra chores around the house and had to stay disciplined to not spend the money. He eventually saved up $200 and took eight of his teachers to the Oklahoma restaurant Inner Urban.

Mom Ashley told Inside Edition he was inspired to teach his teachers to dinner after one of his best friend’s older brothers was killed.

“The boy who was killed always had the motto, ‘I get to do something,’ not ‘I have to do something,’ so Cody was inspired to do something not because he had to, but because he could,” she said.

Watch the heartwarming story above.