People All Across The Country Are Buying Supplies For An Oklahoma School With Broken Chairs

"I felt like I needed people to see just a glimpse of the issues we face every day."

Middle school teacher Laurissa Kovacs wanted to give people a glimpse of the struggles Oklahoma students face daily due to lack of funding. She didn't expect to receive more than $44,000 in donated supplies because of it.

"Most of the chairs in my room look like this," Kovacs explained in her post. "Once they get to this point it's only a matter of time before the bottom goes completely out...  These kids deserve so much better than this. They deserve teachers who are qualified to teach. They deserve classes that are small enough that the teachers can actually spend some time with each student. They deserve CHAIRS."

After Kovacs posted the photo of a broken classroom chair on Facebook, which has since been shared over 82,000 times, and created an Amazon registry, donations started pouring in from across the country with thousands of others asking how they can help, too.


"At the end of the day I felt like I needed people to see just a glimpse of the issues we face every day," Laurissa Kovacs, an art teacher at Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester, Oklahoma, told CNN, 

"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," she added.

By Wednesday morning, Kovac received more than 600 packages sent to the school with more expected. While more supplies are expected to arrive in the coming days, the art educator, who has had to cut projects and activities for her students due to lack of space and large class sizes, is participating in the Oklahoma teacher walkout with thousands of other teachers.

Just as she's one of thousands in the fight against pay cuts, limited benefits and reduced school funding, Kovac also intends to share in the wealth of the supplies donated.

"My plans are to share, share, share!" she said. "I'm not the only one in my district who needs things, so I'll be sharing it all."


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