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Friends of Nacogdoches ISD deliver late Christmas presents to teachers, students

A Happy New Year gift arrived for teachers in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) A Happy New Year gift arrived for teachers in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
A volunteer with Friends of Nacogdoches ISD presents items on a teacher’s wish list. (Source: KTRE Staff) A volunteer with Friends of Nacogdoches ISD presents items on a teacher’s wish list. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Teacher Mary Smith is surprised to open up a large amount of donated art supplies that she would have otherwise purchased herself for 23 students in her Pre-K class. (Source: KTRE Staff) Teacher Mary Smith is surprised to open up a large amount of donated art supplies that she would have otherwise purchased herself for 23 students in her Pre-K class. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The students were most excited about boxes of tempera paint. (Source: KTRE Staff) The students were most excited about boxes of tempera paint. (Source: KTRE Staff)

It was Christmas all over again for numerous teachers in the Nacogdoches ISD.

The teachers who filled out “wish list” for Friends of Nacogdoches ISD had a surprise when they got back to work Monday.

"Thank you. Great. This is awesome. I am so thankful. Thank you to everybody,” one teacher said.

That was pretty much the sentiment from every teacher who had the welcomed interruption in class from Friends of Nacogdoches ISD.

"We are with Friends of and we have something for you,” said Heather Olson Beal. “Hand sanitizer."

Just one of the most requested items by teachers. Other needs included …

"Paint,” a student said. “Ms. Mary Paint."

Pre-K students couldn't contain their excitement when opening up the box filled with supplies normally purchased by their teacher.

"Me. Myself,” said Mary Smith, an NISD teacher. “It's hard to buy enough for this room. The 23 kids, so this is a great surprise."

Nurse Rachel now has a step stool and decorative band aids for the kids. Another was so grateful for her wish list items that she gave her new friends hugs.
 
Friends of Nacogdoches ISD launched the grassroots collection drive as a way to say thank you to teachers after a school bond issue failed in the community.

"Eventually I had to move my car out of the garage, so we could have enough room to keep on the stuff in there,” Beal said. “We're just hoping to give people a positive welcome back kind of message."

"Friends of Nacogdoches ISD said organization is its next big project. A non-profit status is in the work, as well as talk of endorsing certain school board candidates in the May election.

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