Bel-Aire Elementary teacher surprised with new school supplies

A local Gulfport teacher got a sweet surprise today just in time for back to school.

Samantha Fabacher, a first grade teacher at Bel Aire Elementary, thought she was attending a regular back to school meeting, but instead ‘Help a Teacher’ representatives surprised Fabacher with new school supplies for her classroom.

The organization, which was founded just five months ago as a Facebook page, has been giving a platform for teachers to express their classroom needs. Teachers across the country make Amazon wish lists and post it onto the Facebook page. Donors around the nation then help fulfill their needs by purchasing items off their list.

News 25 spoke to Fabacher who tells us how she feels about the generous gift. “I mean, it’s heartwarming. I can’t thank them enough. Donors that are out there that are doing this, it just makes us as teachers feel special and noticed.”

‘Help a Teacher’ Pinterest Manager Michele Warren said, “It’s just been overwhelming to see response of teachers posting needs and seeing people all over the nation just supply those needs. We have teachers from all 50 states now and we have donors nationwide.”

Warren says ‘Help a Teacher’ currently has about 25 volunteers and the organization plans to continue growing.

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