WINNSBORO – May 24, 2017 –The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) announces today that Anita Green, a first grade teacher at Winnsboro Elementary School in Louisiana, has won free school supplies for her entire school, after being nominated as a favorite teacher on Facebook. Green is the winner of a social media contest hosted by The Kids In Need Foundation during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12). The contest was created as a way to show thanks to dedicated teachers around the country.
“Teachers are so deserving of our support and appreciation,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “We know that teachers spend an average of $578 out of their own pockets each year, so their students have the tools they need to succeed.”
The school supplies will be distributed to approximately 580 students at Winnsboro Elementary School in the fall, before school starts. Ninety-nine percent of the students are on free or reduced lunches.
“I was jumping up for joy because where I teach parents cannot afford to buy many supplies, and it makes such a big difference to the students when they have them,” said Anita Green, winner of the contest and first grade teacher at Winnsboro Elementary School. “If they don’t have supplies, how are they going to do their work?”
Green was nominated for the contest by fellow Winnsboro teacher, Krista Donald. Over 1,000 nominations were submitted, and Green was selected as the winner on May 12.
“Its amazing, its going to be a blessing,” said Krista Donald. “I think it makes students feel better when they all have school supplies—it boosts their self esteem!”
The Kids In Need Foundation understands that the need is still so great for teachers and students to have access to school supplies. KINF helps teachers and students 365 days a year with the following programs: Teacher Resource Centers, School Ready Supplies, Second Responder Program and Teacher Grant Program.
Visit the KINF.org website to learn more about ways the Kids In Need Foundation helps teachers and students.
About Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and more than 150,000 teachers last year. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed