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School Teacher Turns Heads After Sharing Her Salary Online

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A teacher in Arizona received school supplies from a well-wisher after she protested by disclosing her $35,621.25annual salary on Facebook.

Second-grade teacher Elisabeth Milich works at Whispering Wind Academy, a Title 1 school. She shared that she could only make ends meet at home because of her husband’s earnings, and was unable to buy the supplies she needed for her classroom, which caters to low-income students and receives federal funds.

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“It’s hard to make a decision to spend money on your home, your own kids or spend money on your school kids that desperately need the help. I feel fortunate and blessed that I’m not a single mom. I have my husband’s income where I can buy [lunch] for kids that don’t have lunch for field trips but as for fun stuff, I can’t buy a set of 20 paints.”

The Facebook post went viral and eventually caught the attention of Ben Adam, who messaged Milich on Facebook. He asked Milich if she needed help buying school supplies.

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Milich said, “I’m thinking, ‘This is crazy. This is a total stranger from New York.’ When school started, I started getting Amazon packages. I thought it was a one-time thing.”

Adam continued sending Milich school supplies until the school’s second semester. Among the items she received were paper, paint, paintbrushes, books, and even snacks for the students.

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Milich says that she would like to meet Adam personally to give him a “big hug.” In addition to Milich’s classrooms, Adam went on to adopt other classrooms. He then launched a website, classroomgiving.org, to reach out to other teachers who are experiencing the same struggle as Milich.

Adam stated, “We are not asking for donations and we are not raising any finds. It takes you to Amazon and you enter the classroom address into your Amazon address book. You can send whatever you can afford and you know that item has gotten exactly the person you sent it to.”

Sources: ABC 7