Anonymous Donor Gives 143 Teachers $100 Each For School Supplies

"Overcome with pride to be a part of this community."

The school year started off with a wonderful surprise for the teachers in the Pendleton County School District in Kentucky when an anonymous donor gifted the district $14,300.

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All 143 teachers in the district received $100 each to spend on school supplies.

The staff shared a photo of them posing with their donations on Facebook and explained, "Pendleton County Schools Opening Day for the 2018-19 school year was this morning. We had an excellent day. Thank you to everyone that donated door prizes and to an anonymous individual that donated $100 to each teacher for classroom supplies. PC Pride!"

Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Joe Buerkley told A Plus via email that the anonymous donor set up a classroom supplies account with their local education foundation, Pendleton County Education Foundation, to donate the money to the teachers.  

WLWT5 reports that the donation was started with an anonymous phone call, per Karen Delaney, who is with the Pendleton County Education Foundation. 

"I just want to do something to show teachers that there are people out there that ... have their back, and support them in what they do every day for students, and then recognize that they give so much more than they are compensated," the donor said.

"Upon hearing of the individual's intent to donate $100 to my staff, I was overcome with pride to be a part of this community," said Buerkley.  "As I look at the [Facebook] photo and see their smiles I am so appreciative that an individual would be so supportive of our teachers and public educators in general." He added that the teachers were very appreciative to know there was this level of support for what they do. 

The superintendent points out that teachers spend much more than $100 each year on their classroom and students so the donation was "a nice way for someone to say 'thank you.' "

Buerkley hopes that people who read about the donation are inspired. "I hope that in the future others may see this as a nice way to say 'thank you' to our teachers for what they do, not only in Pendleton County but other places as well," he concluded. 

(H/T: CNN)

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