Mystery donor fulfills more than $600,000 worth of Dallas-area teachers’ wishes in time for Christmas
by Eva-Marie Ayala, Staff Writer | December 11, 2018
A secret Santa surprised hundreds of teachers across North Texas on Tuesday by funding each of their classroom projects that had been posted on DonorsChoose.org.
Projects included a turtle and aquarium setup for a prekindergarten class at Winnetka Elementary in Dallas, fidget toys for special education students at Uplift Peak Preparatory and even a kit to teach students how to build a computer at Richardson High School.
“While you don’t know me, I know the good work you do — You’re a teacher … For all your hard work, this gift is meant to inspire, to spread holiday joy and help you acquire the things that will help your students succeed,” wrote “DFW Mystery Friend” on one educator’s request page for exercise trackers at J.O. Davis Elementary School in Irving.
Teachers often post requests on DonorsChoose.org asking for help to fund items ranging from cleaning and office supplies to technology to exercise equipment and more.
Any newly created project for a Dallas-area teacher can qualify for a boost in which “DFW Mystery Friend” will match each donation times three.
The donation was coordinated through Best In Class, a coalition of local education advocacy groups and foundations aimed at helping public schools.
The goodwill effort totaled more than $629,000 and covering more than 1,000 projects on 356 campuses in 20 cities across the area. And the tally is growing.
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