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How Actress Kristen Bell Is Using Social Media To Help Teachers

Leveraging her 12.3 million followers has gotten huge results!


Teachers across the country are getting a much-needed boost thanks to the efforts of Hollywood actress, Kristen Bell. Bell, 39, has been using her personal Instagram account to share stories of teachers in need to her 12.3 million followers.

The project is called #FeatureTeacherFriday and every week for the last six months, Bell has posted a new story to her Instagram page. The stories detail each teacher's situation and their need for various supplies for their classrooms. Then, Bell will direct readers to a link in her bio for more information on how people can contribute.

(Source: Brittany Torrence Facebook )

Last week's post featured a first-year kindergarten teacher from outside of Flint, MI. Emily Mayberry, who was nominated by her friend Brooke, explained how Mayberry's new classroom was basically empty when she started, and that most students in her district live below the poverty line.

"Some of our families struggle to have their basic needs met," she wrote. "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."

@kristenanniebell

Bell posted a link to Mayberry's Amazon Wishlist and within a week she had received stacks of gifts, packages and supplies.

The school followed up with a post on Facebook to thank those involved for their kindness and generosity.

"Gratitude is the quality of feeling and experiencing thankfulness and appreciation," they wrote. "We are beyond thankful and appreciative to Kristen Bell and her #FeaturedTeacherFriday for their outpouring of love, support and dedication by enriching and changing the lives of our students through their generous donations."

Wow! That's a lot of classroom supplies!Woodland Park Academy Facebook

Other teachers have had similar success stories, with one teacher in Belmont, NC getting gifts from people as far as the UK and Zimbabwe.

Kudos to Bell for using her celebrity status to help others. Hopefully others will follow her example and use their impressive social media followings to #StartSomethingGood.

Woodland Park Academy Facebook

You can nominate yourself or a teacher you know for #FeaturedTeacherFridays by sending an email to featuredteacherfriday@gmail.com . Or, consider surprising an educator with a donation on Donors Choose, a website that connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.

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