The first week in May is Teacher Appreciation Week and it’s the perfect reason for us to help and surprise some deserving teachers across the DFW with school supplies for their classrooms.
We kicked off the week in Fort Worth to surprise Mrs. Gaynell Bellizan. Mrs. Bellizan has been teaching for 15 years in the Fort Worth Independent School District, seven of which are at her current school, the Fort Worth Women’s Leadership Academy. Mrs. Bellizan serves as the Slam Student Leader Anti-Racism Movement club advisor and school sponsor, 2021 senior class sponsor, member of the teacher led book club, CERC (Campus Employee Relations council) member, DERC (District Employee Retaliations Council) member, and SBED (Site Based Decision Making) member – and that’s on top of being a full-time teacher! She provides her students with real-world, hands-on learning experiences, and has students emulate business presentations using the “Shark Tank” model. Judges, including the Fort Worth Junior League and other notable community members, sit in and provide feedback for students presenting their innovative ideas and projects. These types of presentations use a lot of technology behind the scenes – computers, video cameras, green screens, and speakers, to name a few –that the school and Mrs. Bellizan are unable to provide as resources for the students. But, luckily, that’s where we can help. We surprised Mrs. Bellizan, and her students both in-class and over zoom, with the needed technology and supplies in order to better their in-class and virtual projects. Mrs. Bellizan could not hold the happy tears back and stated, “This is just like Christmas. This is amazing.”
Next up – a Wallaby. Yes, really! Special Education teacher Candice Keller of John Webb Elementary in Arlington, is praised for her positive and creative outlook aimed to help her special needs and severely-disabled students achieve their academic goals. Mrs. Keller is actively involved outside of the classroom, too and has designed new learning opportunities she shares with other teachers, chairs the Kindness Committee, and organizes an annual fundraiser for the Arlington Life Shelter. On the day of the surprise, Mrs. Keller, dressed as the school mascot, the Wallaby, was surprised with $5,000 worth of classroom supplies including educational books, sensory tools and furniture, educational toys, and more. She is thrilled to be able to give back to her students with these supplies saying “I truly love my students, and having this happen – I know this is my calling. I am meant to be a teacher for these students, and I am so thankful and grateful for these items.”
Our final surprise was for Mrs. Deborah Spanier of John Neely Bryan Elementary. Mrs. Spanier is a 5th grade special education teacher. Her principal praises her for providing special needs students with the resources they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Spanier provides her students with not only educational tools, but also social and emotional skills, so that they can be successful in the real world. Mrs. Spanier was announced as the Helpful Honda winner over the school’s video morning announcements, to which she kept saying. “Me? Really? Me?” And then, she was escorted to a classroom where she was greeted by her colleagues, her students, and our Helpful Honda Guys. We surprised Mrs. Spanier with $5,000 worth of reading resources, hands on manipulatives, sensory tools and toys, and more. An extra highlight? We were able to surprise her by inviting her two sons to celebrate with her, she screamed, “My boys! I can’t believe they’re here. Do you see all these books?! The kids will be so excited, I can’t wait to use everything! This is such an honor, thank you!”
Our Random Acts of Helpfulness continues as we surprise nurses, veterans, and Honda drivers with FREE GAS this summer! To find out where, when, and how we can help you, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram., or at NTXHondaDealers.com/Help.