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The power of social media. It can be a bad thing or a good thing.
For a New Jersey middle school teacher, it was a great thing.
Actress Kristen Bell has pledged to highlight a teacher each week on her Instagram page.
Friday, it was Jacquelyn Campbell’s turn to be the “featured teacher.” Campbell was nominated by her sister Elyse, who, according to Bell’s post, said Campbell “dedicated her life to the education of special needs children.” Some of Campbell’s students have behavioral issues, autism or Down syndrome. Campbell is also a foster parent and has two adopted daughters. The school she teaches at has 80 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch programs.
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It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday! I got literally thousands of emails from teachers and I’m so excited to share their stories and amazon wishlists with you guys. Also- NBC is going to make a donation to the school of the first 10 teachers. (Guess they wanna go to the Good Place!) Meet Jacquie Campbell, a teacher at Thomas Wallace in Vineland, New Jersey. Her sister Elyse sent me this: “I would like to nominate my sister, Jacquie. She has dedicated her life to the education of special needs children. She has taught hundreds of children over her career with multiple disabilities ranging from behavioral to severe autism and down syndrome. Her compassion and love for all of her students can not be measured. She is also a foster parent and has adopted both of her daughters through the foster care system. Everything she does is for her student. My sister is truly an amazing human and my absolute best friend.” So Jacquie’s school is Title 1 and 80% of students get free or reduced lunch, so any help they can get would be amazing! Her wishlist will be in my bio all day. Let’s do this, friends!! ❤️💪🏻📚🖍✏️
Bell posted Campbell’s classroom wish list on Friday. Shortly after, Campbell started getting boxes of supplies for her students, sent to her by strangers. By Monday, she had received more than 150 deliveries.
Included in the shipments, everything from crayons to markers to Chromebooks and iPads, WCAU reported.
Campbell opened the gifts with her students.
“I brought all of the packages in ... and they kind of looked at them and they were asking what’s this? And I said ‘This is for us, guys,’” Campbell told Southern New Jersey Today.