Donations Pour In After Oklahoma Teacher's Post

Laurissa Kovacs included an image of a broken classroom chair
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
Donations Pour In After Oklahoma Teacher's Post
Educators walk to the Oklahoma state Capitol to protest education funding on Wednesday.   (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Teachers in Oklahoma will continue their protests for better pay and more education funding for a fourth day on Thursday, reports the AP. One of those participating in the walkout is middle school art teacher Laurissa Kovacs, who has received an overwhelming response to a Facebook post about classroom conditions, reports CNN. Kovacs wrote about crowded classrooms and a lack of supplies, and she included a photo of a broken chair. Since then, she's been deluged with $44,000 in contributions ranging from scissors to Google Chromebooks.

"The past five days has been totally surreal and I don't think the full effect will hit me until I'm back in my classroom with my students," the teacher at Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester tells CNN. "I think they will be amused to see me cry when I'm explaining everything." Packages continue to pour in to the school, and it's reached the point where Kovacs has created an Amazon registry for donations. She promises to share everything with other teachers. (More teachers strike stories.)

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