The school year is coming to an end at the Whispering Wind Academy in Phoenix, but for the first time, Elisabeth Milich is not rummaging through her own pocket to buy supplies for her second grade class.
Arizona teachers have some of the lowest salaries in the country, just one of the reasons they went on strike last year, reports Carter Evans of CBS News. Milich posted her frustrations on Facebook, sharing her salary of just over $ 35,000 per year, $ 1,000 of which she spends in her classroom.
"And I think that for me it was something like," I earn very little money, and yet, I have to dress my entire room, "Milich said.
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Milich said there is no supply closet where he can stock up on items like tape and clips for his class.
"So I'm at Walmart buying my own trash can for my classroom, and I'm laughing when I'm pushing the cart, because I'm like," Only a teacher would have a giant trash can for his classroom. They are buying from their own pocket & # 39; & # 39; said.
Its publication went viral and, in the city of New York, caught the attention of Ben Adam, who works in real estate. He sent a message to Milich.
"He just said:" Has anyone offered to buy your class supplies? "And I thought:" Well, that's a weird message. "And then I replied: No, "said Milich. "And then he came up to me and said: & # 39; I would like to buy any material you may need for the beginning of the school year & # 39;".
There must be a problem, he thought. There were not The daily struggles of so many educators had hit a nerve with Adam.
"I felt that for very little I can do a lot of good and I can feel good about myself," Adam said. "Of course, that good feeling is contagious and a few months later I wanted to have the same feeling again and I asked him if he needed more supplies for the next semester, and that was what made the ball begin to roll."
Amazon boxes began to arrive in their classroom. Then, six weeks ago, Adam went a step further and created a "Class Delivery" website where teachers post the supplies they need and donors from anywhere in the country can help pay for them.
"This is like a wedding record with Secret Santa, and there's no commitment," Adam said.
In the last two weeks, the website has exploded: 275 teachers from 31 states have requested supplies. So far, 37 have had their wish lists filled. Images and notes from grateful teachers and children are already arriving.
From paintings and crayons to novels, Milich told his students that they were all gifts from his "friend from New York". One of his students called him "hero." Another said: "I think I know he's rich." Adam insists that it is not.
"I'm not a rich man, I own a small business but I also work," he said.
Elisabeth Milich just wants to give her a hug.
"I do not know if he's a hugger, but I just want to hug him."