McWhirter Teachers Surprised by $10,000 Donation

Teachers Surprised by $10,000 Donation and Students Recognized as Leaders
Posted on 03/02/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Teachers Surprised by $10,000 Donation and Students Recognized as LeadersThe McWhirter Elementary character rally on Thursday, February 27, 2020, started like every other rally.

Student leaders opened with the pledges of allegiance and their principal, Dr. Michael Marquez, read a quote related to citizenship, one of CCISD’s core values, before asking students what the idea meant to them.

But little did the teachers know about the surprise in store for them.

In front of staff and FOX 26 News, Dr. Marquez announced that Burlington Stores was donating $10,000 to McWhirter Elementary so that teachers could buy more supplies to use in their classrooms. Teachers and students cheered as Burlington representatives delivered the big check directly to Dr. Marquez.

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“At Burlington, we are committed to supporting teachers and students so that they have the resources they need to succeed and are proud to support McWhirter Elementary School as we celebrate the grand opening of our new location in Webster, TX,” said Burlington Store Manager Matt Kruger.

This act of generosity was made possible through a collaboration with Adopt a Classroom, an organization that partners with businesses to support schools across the country.

“Teachers will use the donation to purchase needed supplies for their classrooms as well as other educational learning materials that they can use to further enhance the learning experiences of our students,” he said.

McWhirter teachers clappingAdditional supplies for teachers to use will inevitably lead to more students embracing leadership skills that can lead to praise and recognition. Eight students were acknowledged as “Employees of the Month” for their hard work during the month of February.

“The students who are recognized have held a school-wide job such as greeters, safety patrol, cafeteria monitors, leadership ambassadors and tour guides, among others,” said Bilingual Resource/Inclusion Specialist Carolina Alvarez.
Fourth grader Michael Gordon said it felt really good to be picked out of everyone in the whole school, especially since he started as a tour guide only three weeks ago.

“I like seeing new visitors and having fun with them,” he said.

Another student, fourth grader Julian Castro, has been a library helper since the beginning of the school year and he also appreciated being honored.

“I feel really proud of myself for doing this job every day,” he said. “I get to meet other kids when we pick up books from their classrooms and put them in the correct spots.”

Since the Leader in Me program has been implemented at McWhirter, students have taken charge of their school and proudly show off their leadership skills in the classroom and throughout the school.

The McWhirter Media Club, led by Ms. Lucero Muñoz Raba and Ms. Angela Cancino-Burnes, has especially looked for hands-on ways of enhancing their learning. That day, they took advantage of the FOX 26 TV crew’s presence to ask them questions about working in broadcast news and even had the opportunity to hold the videographer’s camera.

All in all, the future for McWhirter students looks bright and it was made even brighter today after the Burlington Stores donation.
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