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Boat fund funds college.

Marty Burbank and his wife, Seon Chun-Burbank, of Fullerton, California, were so inspired by a sermon at their church that they decided to forgo their dream of buying a boat so that they could fund the college education of an entire elementary-school class.

People magazine online reported that the sermon that inspired the couple came two weeks before Christmas and focused on sacrifice. It was at that point that the Burbanks began to think that saving their money to buy themselves a boat was "a very selfish thing."

Instead, they decided that they would help students at an elementary school at which they had been volunteering.

Fox 11 reported that the couple pledged to pay for two years of community college and two years at a Cal State university for 26 kindergarten students at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim, California. They made the announcement to the classroom of students during a February visit to their school.

Marty estimates that the total cost of their good deed will be about $1.1 million. "I've pretty much canceled the boat plans until these kids get educated and if I win the lottery, maybe I'll buy a boat," Marty said. "Putting these kids through school seems like a much better investment."

According to People, Marty and his wife understand the difficulties of financing a college education. They were the first in their families to graduate from college, but were only able to afford it with the help of the military and family.

Seon states that buying a boat has been a dream of theirs, particularly for Marty, but that they feel very good about their decision. "We met on a boat, got engaged on a boat and got married on a yacht in Newport Beach," Chun-Burbank says. "Sailing is one of the things Marty really values and it has a lot of personal meaning to him."

"Then he decided to give that up and I think we both agree this is more meaningful," she adds. "We can always rent a boat."

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Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Mar 21, 2016
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