By: Alicia Sands Lurry
On Friday, April 13, Hollis Innovation Academy pre-K teacher LaKeesha Jones received one of the best surprises any educator could ask for: a $2,000 gift to fund the classroom project of her choice.
Thanks to a donation from PNC Bank and Donors Choose, Jones was surprised with a $2,000 gift card, a red super hero cape, flowers, special plaque, and dozens of cupcakes to share with students and staff. The surprise also includes an additional $2,000 gift to a pre-K teacher of Jones’ choosing.
“Early education is very important to us,” said Erica Dechicchis, senior vice president of Client and Community Relations for PNC Bank. “Our goal is to recognize awesome teachers. Ms. Jones is our teacher hero.”
The donation comes as part of the PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” initiative, which focuses on early childhood education and brings arts and sciences into the classroom.
“This is awesome,” said Jones, who has worked as a pre-K teacher for the past nine years. “I’m at a loss for words.”