Hollywood Actress' Instagram Followers Send School Supplies to Local TeacherLast Edited:
Have you ever imagined crossing the mind of a celebrity?
Well, that’s what happened to Jaqueline Campbell, special education teacher at Thomas Wallace Middle School.
“It was overwhelming, crazy. So exciting," says Campbell. "Life-changing for my classroom.”
On Monday, February 11th, Campbell received more than 150 school supplies from Hollywood actress Kristen Bell’s Instagram followers — after Bell posted Campbell as her weekly #featuredteacherfriday shoutout.
When Bell included a link to her classroom's Amazon wish list, that’s when the gifts flooded in. But it all couldn’t have been done without the help of Campbell's sister, Elyse.
“I got the email and about two hours later she messaged me on Instagram and answered all of the questions. She was just so sweet," says Elyse. "I was actually at work when I found out and I did scream out of excitement.”
From teaching kids with disabilities for 12 years to being a foster parent, Campbell's sister says there is no reason why she wouldn't make the perfect candidate.
“She hates being in the spotlight, and she was willing to put herself out there — especially to get anything she needs for her kids — [because] she loves all of them," says Elyse. "Every single student that has been through her classroom has been her child.”
Campbell says some of her students often struggle to get the supplies that they need.
“I brought all of the packages in ... and they kind of looked at them and they were asking what’s that? And I said 'This is for us, guys,'" says Campbell. "So far [this morning] we’ve opened a Chromebook, some crayons, books, life skills books, pencils, [and] art supplies.”
Campbell's school will also receive a donation from NBC for getting featured on the campaign, and for that she is thankful.
“You guys are amazing and have a great heart," says Campbell. "Thank you."
To learn more, visit instagram.com/kristenanniebell/?hl=en.
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