One of the things that I love most about celebrities is when they use their fame for good. Kristen Bell who has most recently been in the new Frozen movie and hosting the Disney+ show Encore has started doing something to support teachers and it’s honestly the most heartwarming thing we’ve heard.

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It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚❤️!! Brooke emailed me to nominate her friend of 25 years, Emily. She told me that when they set up Emily’s classroom this year, she had little beyond tables and chairs and bought the rest of her supplies herself. SO! Let’s send Emily some love and support! Here’s a little about her: “I’m a first year kindergarten teacher at a small Title I school in Genesee County in Flint, MI. Being a Title I school means that a majority of our students live below the federal poverty line. Some of our families struggle to have their basic needs met. Although most of our students reside in the city of Flint, our school is located in a neighboring town. They ride the bus to school, with the earliest pickup being 5:58am and the latest stop being close to 5:30pm. These amazing kiddos spend a majority of their waking hours at school, or traveling to and from school. This is just one of the many reasons that it is so important to make my classroom feel like a home away from home for my students. We call our classroom our “house” and we are all family. Our rules and routines are centered around being good to each other and supporting each other the way families should. Our mission at Woodland Park Academy is to “Create Relationships to Change the World.” For me, fostering these relationships means giving 100 hugs a day, checking in on older students on my lunch, telling students every day that I love them, and listening when they have something to say. It means never losing sight of how even the smallest act of kindness or understanding may change someone’s life. Our school is small and our teachers have some of the lowest paid salaries in our area. Being a first year teacher in an almost empty classroom has been challenging. However, everyday we try to fill our classroom with curiosity, excitement, and love! Please know that any donations received will directly impact the lives of my little learners and I am forever grateful for the support!!” If you feel inspired to help, her wishlist will be in my bio! 🧠🙏🏻📚❤️

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What is most amazing is the fact that these posts are really making a difference in teachers and children’s lives. Woodland Park Academy in Flint Michigan posted a picture the next Tuesday of Emily in a pile of packages.

It’s nice to see that these schools will benefit from Bell’s kindness. And with her 12.2 million followers she is helping to make the world a better place.

Kristen says that this practice of promoting a teacher in need will go on until the end of time. In a video she stated, “every Friday till the end of time. Till all the teachers have everything that they need and our kids grow up great.” So if you would like to nominate someone you know please contact her via Instagram. She can’t get to everyone but she is sure going to try!


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