To: Post Elementary
From: Waller With Love
When Waller first grade teacher Jamie Prock heard about a fire that devastated Post Elementary in her neighboring hometown in Texas, she felt compelled to do something. Little did she know, her young students would take ownership of her idea and turn it into something really big.
Prock initially thought about sending school supplies to Post Elementary, which was reduced to charred remains. However, first grader Lamarcus Harris had a much grander idea.
“I said I was going to bring lots of stuff to help that classroom because they don’t have a lot of stuff because their school burned down,” Harris said proudly.
Prock filled in the gaps, explaining “We were going to do just school supplies, but Lamarcus said ‘Why not do classroom supplies to replenish the teachers’ resources?’ They took this and made it their own.”
From students and their families to faculty and staff, everyone at Waller pulled together to donate loads of supplies. Not only did they bring in basic supplies, but also books for class libraries and even pictures to hang on the walls.
“Their parents have been very receptive to helping others,” Prock said. “And some with very little have been the ones to give the most.”
Not only did Prock model the importance of helping others, she also turned the supply drive into a lesson. She gave each of her students a job, then organized them into teams and appointed group leaders that were responsible for counting, labeling and assembling supplies into boxes.
As an added heartfelt touch, her students created cards for their peers in Texas.
Over Fall break, Prock traveled to the Lone Star state where she met with the principal of Post Elementary and handed over the care boxes.
“You think ‘they’re six,’ but when given the opportunity they know how to organize. Their leadership skills are amazing and they’re even asking ‘what can we do next?’”
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