Elementary school teachers spend a lot of their own money decorating classrooms and buying supplies for students. Which is why the Richmond Chapter No. 467 Holy Royal Arch Masons presented checks to the entire kindergarten team at Jane Long Elementary School this week.
“It’s always been our plan to do something for the community,” said Don Hernandez with the Royal Arch Masons. “And we thought it would be a good idea to give back to the teachers in our area.” Kindergarten teachers Kristi Barr, Basali Jones, Megan Stevenson, Rachel Sanchez and Adriana Fernandez said they were thrilled when they were told the news.
“It’s amazing,” Jones said. “I already have a lot of things planned to use it for.” Barr agreed. “It’s just so cool that we were chosen,” she said.
“It could have been any school, any grade level. And (the Royal Arch Masons) chose us. I’m very grateful.”
Principal Risa Crosby said her school is lucky to be the first-ever recipient of this donation.
“We believe in helping the schools,” Dwight Hollon with the Royal Arch Masons told the teachers Monday.
“We know you can use the money. My folks were school teachers and I know how much money from their own pocket they put into their classrooms and their students.
“You deserve this.”
Hollon said the Royal Arch Masons have a great interest in the school system.
“We love to support public education,” he said. “It’s part of our fraternity’s mission.
“Jane Long is the closest school to our lodge, which is why we came here first. Our plan is to provide funds to every school in our radius.”
Crosby said the teachers deserve this.
“We’re honored that our kindergarten teachers were able to receive such a generous gift. “This money will allow our teachers to create a great learning atmosphere for the students.”