Teachers get a helping hand to buy school supplies for classrooms

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – KWCH and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers have worked with Dillons Grocery in Wichita to surprise 12 teachers starting at $259 with $100 gift cards to purchase school supplies.

Jamie Allison, principal of OK Elementary, asked 12 volunteers to step away from their designated classroom prep time to take a trip to the Dillons in Central and Rock. They had no idea why.

Allison told Eyewitness News This Morning Anchor Natalie Davis that teachers were hesitant to waste that work time, but she promised them it was worth it.

We presented them each with gift cards for school supplies and they responded with cheers.

“We love educators and we love what you do with all the children. We know how much money you spend on the kids, so we want to help out,” said attorney Dustin DeVaughn, who was there with partner Richard James for the surprise.

The teachers started shopping right away. Most of them really needed the necessities like pencils and paper, items that some of their students couldn’t afford.

“Our budgets have already been cut again this year,” said Grade 4 teacher Ashley Matthews.

They were willing to spend their own money to fill the void.

“We will do this for the love of our children, because they need what they need to be able to learn,” said Annette Paronto, who teaches 3rd grade.

First-grade kindergarten teacher Maria Alvarez Raimundo was especially excited to start building her classroom.

“Thank you! That’s awesome! I’m so excited to be teaching this year!” said Alvarez Raimundo.

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