Ellison's classroom in PA
The Last Word staff and I are constantly reading through viewer emails and comments. Because, you know, we like you and care about what you have to say.
One recent comment on our blog really touched us. It came from Ron Ellison, a social studies teacher at Jim Thorpe Area High School in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. He felt inspired by K.I.N.D., our campaign with UNICEF to buy desks for needy school kids in Malawi, and shared his experience:
After watching the program on Thursday, I knew I wanted to help.
On Monday morning, my high school classes walked into my room and discovered that all of the desks and chairs were missing, including my own chair (my desk was too heavy to move easily). After doing some review work and other class business, I showed them the segment. Many were as taken by the story as I was.
Several students are now planning a fundraiser at my school. I told them I would match 25 percent of what they raise up to the first $1000 they collect. I think they are looking forward to me chipping in $250!
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
— R Ellison
Lawrence will have more on this story tonight. To learn more about K.I.N.D. and ways you can donate a desk to a child, visit LastWordDesks.msnbc.com or unicefusa.org/kind. Thanks again for your support. Please keep your own stories coming.