SAN ANTONIO – A local third-grade teacher who had school supplies stolen from her porch sends a big thank you to the community for stepping up with generous donations.
Audrey Webber teaches at the Harmony School of Excellence.
She said that whenever she wanted to do something for her students, she went there.
“There are a lot of programs we have that have noise or readings for students,” Webber said. “If the students didn’t have headphones, it would look like chaos in the room. I have a class of children.
Webber said that’s when she took it upon herself to order headphones for each of her students.
“That way they can concentrate and not be distracted by their neighbors who are sitting right next to them,” she said. “I wasn’t going to ask parents to get the headphones for the school year. Its not my style.”
On January 7, she was notified that her package had been delivered.
“When I got the notification on my phone that it had been delivered, I was like, ‘Yay!’ They even put a picture of where they put it, but when I got home it wasn’t there.
After realizing her neighbors hadn’t seen or moved her package, Webber turned to her Nextdoor app for three reasons.
“I wanted my immediate neighbors to know this is happening now,” Webber said. “Number two, I was sarcastic, and number three, I wanted people. If it was someone from the neighborhood who took it, I wanted them to know: ‘You didn’t rob me.’ You stole children and shame on you!
Webber said that after posting, she started getting several replies from people wanting to help.
Amazon even stepped in and helped her refund her money so she could get more headphones.
“I told people I was fine and everything was fine, and I kept getting responses from people saying they still wanted to help,” Webber said. “I was hesitant at first, but then I put on my Amazon wishlist because I thought it was for my students. Not for me.”
She said she received more than 100 responses.
“I don’t know how to emotionally thank these people,” she says. “It was something bad and look what it did. I didn’t expect people to read this message even less and say, ‘We can all help you.’ Someone even posted: “Let the community help, but spell community with a capital UNITY, so I thought that was fine.”
Webber received pencils, colored paper, newspapers and more.
She said she wanted the porch pirates to know one thing.
“You never know what you’re taking and you never know who you’re taking it from,” she said. “You may be taking something that someone really depends on. It could really hurt them and it makes me sad that some people think that’s okay.
Webber also said she can’t thank her community and neighbors enough.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart is not enough,” she said. “I don’t know what else to say. It’s amazing. I’m gonna sit here and start crying. It’s amazing.”
Webber said she wanted the experience to be a life lesson for her students.
“Even if something bad happens, something good can still come of it,” Webber said. “It was bad, but the bad was this ‘big’. And the good that comes from that amount of bad is just huge!
Webber said the school supplies help more than his class. They help the whole district.
If you would like to donate supplies to help, you can contact Harmony Public School South Texas District through their website or by phone at (210) 267-9954.
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