GLENPOOL, Okla. -- An insurance company's efforts to support teachers lands in Green Country, as five Glenpool Elementary School teachers receive $12,500 in grant money.
Jennifer Herman teaches fifth grade math at Glenpool Elementary School.
"I see a wide variety, I see over 100 students a day," said Herman.
Like many Oklahoma teachers she spends her own money for school supplies she feels her students need, similar to her co-teacher, Katie Plank.
"We all know what teachers make so to provide for our families and to provide for the kids at school is difficult," said Plank.
Both teachers alongside three others were surprised Thursday morning with a check to the school for $12,500, each teacher taking in $2,500.
"I just moved classrooms, and grades, and subjects so this will nice to be able to put some more materials in there without coming out of my own pocket," said Herman.
The teachers say the money will go toward flexible seating options, reading materials, STEM learning kits, and hands-on supplies for math classes, all specialty items they couldn't afford on their own.
"We really wanted things to include all the learners at all their different stages of learning," said grant recipient Ann McCutcheon.
The grants come from Farmers Insurance's "Thank America's Teachers" program. It's an initiative supporting teachers in the country and the winners are determined by community votes.
"We had our students voting, we’ve had our parents voting, we’ve had our friends voting, so it’s nice to see that we were recognized to see this money," said Herman.
Two weeks after the exhausting teacher walkout, these educators are thankful for all the help they can get.
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