A HUGE shout out to all of you who helped buy new chairs for Christina’s classroom. Christina and I both cried many tears over your generosity for her new students and for her as well. She feels so much more excited about the future as a teacher. It’s amazing what can happen to your attitude when you know your kids will be comfortable in your class.

Here is what many of the kids sat in. Not all were broken but were either wobbly or bent. Can you image sitting in a broken metal chair like this? So uncomfortable.

Sunday, we headed out to Sam’s Club and filled the truck to the brim with 33 new chairs, thanks to you….

And just LOOK at the classroom now! WOWZA!!!!  I told Christina she should play the Hallelujah Chorus as the kids entered her classroom on the first day of school. They are going to be SO excited to see their new chairs!

Too bad I can’t buy her a bigger classroom. lol Her largest class is 29 and her room will be full of kids.

A little bit about her room…. She’s a drama teacher, but there was no stage area so we brought in 2 long platforms (you can’t quite see it but the remaining 3 chairs are sitting on it). She added some curtains on the side to help define the space and have a place where kids can ‘enter and exit’ during scenes. Lots of fun lighting too. And let’s not forget that this classroom is now sanitized and spotless! God bless whoever invented the Magic Eraser!

Oh, and you’re going to love this. See that big whiteboard on the left? It was in HORRIBLE shape, really not even usable as a white board any longer. A new whiteboard was going to cost $300. Well, that wasn’t in the budget so Christina bought a $15 shower wall panel, covered the edges in metal duck tape and attached it to the existing white board with Command strips. BOOM, she has a brand new white board. Should it get ruined, it’s only a $15 repair and not a $300 repair. Brilliant hack, right?

I hope Christina doesn’t mind me sharing this but she struggles with anxiety. It was a really hard week for her last week. It just seemed like the harder she worked the less she felt she accomplished. I think we can all relate to that. She was feeling really overwhelmed but do you see her face now? The last piece to the room were the chairs and the room just seems magical now. She is beyond happy about the first day of school and what lies ahead. Her arms outstretched? That is her big hug to all of you!

On that note, I am going to reach out to you guys again but this is something we can all do to help. I received SO many comments, emails, and Facebook messages from you saying you didn’t get a chance to help and wanted to. I thought it would be fun to have a Card Shower for Christina – cards of encouragement and support for a first year teacher. I know this would bless her socks off! Just a card would be wonderful and hey, we’re paper crafters, and it’s what we do, right?

Many of you asked about gift cards to send her. It is not necessary to add a gift card or monetary gift in the greeting card (seriously, the cards are going to blow her away) but if you would like to add something, here are some stores that she shops in for her class – Staples, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Hobby Lobby (not for stamps or cardstock of course!). These will all be used on her classroom and her students, I can promise you that.

Her first day of school is August 20th and I just thought it would be fun for her to receive cards from all over sending her love and support. As a drama teacher, she wants to help teacher her kids life skills too – how to do a job interview, proper speech & diction, and thinking outside the box (like the whiteboard idea). They say “All the World’s a Stage” so she wants to teach them how to use that stage beyond acting. I think it’s going to be a great year!

So, if you feel inclined to send her a card, send it to:

Christina Stewart
8409 Canyon Trail Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73135

Again, let me just say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the outpouring of support for her and even more so, for her students. You are the BEST!!!!