Second Grader Gives Savings To Save Teachers

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A Fort Worth girl has cleaned out her piggy bank to try to help save the jobs of her school teachers and principals.

Maria Meneses is a second-grader at Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill Elementary School. Principal Ellen Verreault says she came to her Tuesday, handed her a sack of small change the size of a softball and said, “Here, this is for you.”

“Maria walked in the office and asked for me,” said Ellen Verreault, the principal of the school. “And I walked out of my office. She just held out her arm with a bag of money and said I have some money for you.”

“Someone in my class, they saw the news and they said that some of the teachers might be fired because there wasn’t enough money for every teacher,” Meneses said. “So I thought I would bring this to my school.”

Meneses pointed at a wrinkled, brown, plastic shopping bag. Inside was a small pile of nickles and pennies. Maria bagged up the money from her college savings change jar.

“About four dollars and somewhere in the nineties,” Meneses said.

Verreault says Maria told her that she heard that teachers might lose their jobs because of a budget crunch afflicting the Fort Worth school district and public school systems across Texas. According to Verreault, Maria said she didn’t want that to happen, “and then she started to cry and, of course, I cried too.”

“And I said, ‘I didn’t want any of the teachers or you to leave’,” said Meneses. “I want to give it to my school for, so all my teachers can stay. It would be really nice if all the kids could bring their money. Because its gonna be nice for everyone when nobody has to go and everybody could stay here peacefully.”

Verreault said she cried when she realized what Meneses was offering. It was Meneses’s four dollars and somewhere in the nineties that reminded her and Meneses’s teachers about the value of what they do.  “The children are the ones that kind of bring us back to our knees in situations like this, you know?” Verreault said. “(It) brings us back to reality.”

“I’m so positive I’m helping my school,” Meneses said. “I don’t want anyone to go.”

Verreault politely returned Meneses’s money. But the value of the offer was a gift for Diamond Hill Elementary staff to cherish.


One Comment

  1. Grahawk says:

    Bless the little girl and her heart!

  2. Kimberly Wilson says:

    That was really thoughtful of this little girl.

  3. Charles Williams says:

    Too bad we don’t have any legislators or a govenor in Austin that are even half as smart as a second grader.

  4. Jennifer Evans says:

    thats my baby sister im so proud to have such a caring sister made me cry knowing how caring she is

  5. Patricia Moore Middleton says:

    What an amazing child! Every legislator and senator in Texas should be aware of this child’s heart, that she is willing to give all to keep her teacher, and all the other teachers in her school. It tells us that the children, whom we are honor-bound to bring up to mature, productive, and happy adults, i.e., to educate, are most affected by the protential budget cuts. Maybe we do not realize that they know something about what’s happening, and are worried about it. They may not know that the quality of their education my be affected, only that the teachers that they care deeply about may be gone. She cares nough to give all she has. How poignant is that? Is she teaching us that we, as grounups, have to do something about this dreadful situation? And a little child shall lead them…

  6. merereadmore says:

    I can only speak for myself, but I would much rather take a cut in pay to help the educational budget than see one dedicated, loving, caring teacher lose her job or look into class rooms with thirty to forty tense children in rooms so crowded they can’t move around. By the way, what will the fire marshall say about that many bodies in a elementary classroom?

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