Eastern Panhandle-Adopt a Teacher online page goes viral


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Melissa Elliott got a pleasant surprise recently when she went to throw out the garbage.

That’s when Elliott, a Martinsburg High School teacher, also found a package left for her — a box of Table Topics conversation starter cards to be used with students in the coming school year.

She’d requested the cards on the newly created Eastern Panhandle-Adopt a Teacher, a Facebook page that allows teachers to post wish lists for things they’d like to have for their classrooms and students.

Spring Mills High School art teacher Carrie Ross said she has a good start on the new school year as a result of some supplies she received after posting a wish list on the Eastern Panhandle-Adopt A Teacher Facebook page.

Organizers Bridgette Hardee and Ashlie Shriver, both graduates of Berkeley County Schools, teamed up with other Navy Federal Credit Union coworkers to create the page earlier this month.

Since then, 482 teachers have posted wish lists and 324 of them have been assisted with items, Hardee said. The page has 2,200 members but continues to grow.

Anyone in the group can simply click on the wish list and order items from Amazon, which means the gifts are shipped directly to the teacher. The list is automatically updated as items are ordered, and some teachers have already received everything they requested, Hardee said.


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