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KRISTEN BELL IS USING HER INSTAGRAM PAGE TO HELP TEACHERS IN NEED

With more than 12 million followers on Instagram, actress Kristen Bell has been using her celebrity status to help teachers in need.

Every week for the last six months, Bell has been sharing a teacher’s story on Instagram for a project she calls #FeatureTeacherFriday.

For every one of the posts, Bell highlights the teacher’s need for school supplies and asks her followers to help out—and her call to action has proven to be extremely effective.

One elementary school teacher from Belmont, North Carolina was inundated with packages after she was featured on Bell’s Instagram back in May.

“I’ve received over a couple hundred items so far, and they are still trickling in every day,” Riggs told WCNC reporters the very same week. “I even got a gift from the UK and Zimbabwe!”

More recently, Bell featured a first grade teacher from Flint, Michigan named Emily Mayberry.

Within a week of appearing on Bell’s social media page, she experienced the same relief: she was flooded with gifts, packages, and supplies from her Amazon wishlist.

“The generosity of others is overwhelming,” wrote the school on Facebook. “Gratitude is the quality of feeling and experiencing thankfulness and appreciation. 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.”

If you want to nominate yourself or a teacher to be featured on Bell’s Instagram, you can send an email to featuredteacherfriday@gmail.com. Or, you may be inspired to help a teacher who has not been featured, by going to Donors Choose and surprising an educator with a donation at the nonprofit’s website.

(via www.goodnewsnetwork.org)

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