Teresa Danks has been teaching in Oklahoma schools for over 20 years. Teresa says she selflessly spends at least two to three thousand dollars of her salary for her students school supplies. That's a big chunk of money to have to front since she only makes $35,000 dollars a year.
Teresa decided this year that there had to be a better way to get the supplies to the children, so she decided to panhandle. She made a big poster explaining her situation and how she wanted so badly to help the kids. She was very nervous about the whole idea of begging people for money, but she really didn't have another option.
Within the first day she made one hundred dollars and the response was overwhelmingly supportive. Teresa's story has spread around the country and so far $12,000 dollars have been raised for her students. Now, Teresa is taking all the money that she's made and creating a foundation to give back to teachers all across the country and help students get their supplies.
What a sweet and selfless woman. God bless her!
ShaRee Castlebury wanted to make sure the last day of school was one her students would never forget. And the idea the first grade teacher from Oklahoma came up with has everyone talking!
Along with a heart for her students, God gifted this first grade teacher with plenty of creativity, which she put to use in a special way. ShaRee surprised her students one day when she showed up to school carrying a solid white dress and fabric markers. The class assignment -- each student was to help decorate the dress.
Students let their imaginations flourish, covering the blank, white space with rainbows, butterflies, kites and all sorts of cheery scenery!
After transforming the plain dress into a beautiful work of art, ShaRee had each student sign their name on the back.
And the best part came when ShaRee wore the masterpiece to school on the last day of school!
The Facebook post in which she unveiled the finished dress has been circulating like wildfire.
And it's not just because the dress was such a clever idea, but also because of the special bond it represents between the first grade teacher and her class. It's something ShaRee hold dears, saying in a follow-up post:
“So blessed to be a teacher. I hope each year my kids always know how loved and cherished they are by me…they become part of my family without even realizing how much they touch me on an hourly basis.”
And the project meant so much to ShaRee and her class, she's decided to make it an annual tradition. It's certain to be treasured childhood memory for all of her students!