Back in December, charter schools across New York began posting photos on social media to show their #CharterSchoolWishList – identifying some of the resources they’d like their school to have. Statewide on average, charter students only receive 75 cents on the dollar compared to district kids which means many schools don't have all of the resources they'd like to have for their students.
One little girl at Bronx Charter School for Excellence said that what her school needed was laptops.
This girl’s wish struck a cord with a total stranger who saw the photo on Twitter -- and just last week, he contacted Bronx Charter School for Excellence to say he’d like to donate Chromebooks to the school to fulfill the student’s wish!
Development Associate at the school, Jennifer Shipley, received the email and said at first she questioned the validity of it. “At first I didn’t think it was real,” Shipley said. But once she spoke with the man, who would like to remain anonymous, she realized he was the real deal.
“As corny as this sounds, it really warmed my heart. Sometimes you don’t think people are actually listening and it turns out, they are,” she said.
The Chromebooks were just delivered to the school this week – and the same little girl whose photo captured the attention of the charitable stranger was there to help receive the shipment.
We love this story – it really made our day.
To the person who made this donation: thank you so much for your generosity! People like you make the world a better place.