Students and community raise $ 21,000 for beloved teacher in need of a new wheelchair

SPRINGLAKE-EARTH, Texas (KCBD) – A Springlake-Earth teacher won’t have to worry about replacing or upgrading her wheelchair for at least the next two decades thanks to an idea sparked by gifted and talented students from his school, with overwhelming support from the community.

Tami Herriage is a Grade 3 reading and math teacher at Springlake-Earth. She has been a teacher at the school for 14 years. She also grew up in the community and graduated from high school there.

In 1996, she was in a tragic car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist to the feet, according to the Springlake-Earth High School news site.

Tami Herriage is a Grade 3 math and reading teacher at Springlake-Earth.(Springlake-Earth ISD)

Earlier this school year, gifted and talented students in Grades 4-7 heard Ms. Herriage talk about needing a new wheelchair. The GT students wanted to organize a fundraiser for her, so they talked to their GT teacher, who then recruited other staff and the principal. Soon a committee was formed and the “Walk ‘n Roll Fundraising Marathon” for Ms. Herriage was official.

Elementary and junior high school students made commitments to community members, as well as family and extended families. Pledges determined the number of laps students had to complete, while some community members donated flat. The effort involved the entire school, the communities of Springlake and Earth, and beyond.

In November, all students from grades 1 to 7 participated in the walk.

When it was over and the funds were totaled, Springlake-Earth Jr. High and elementary principal Bub McIver said he was shocked at the amount of money raised for Ms. Herriage.

They managed to raise $ 21,000.

“We think it’s extremely important to create a sense of community here at Springlake-Earth Elementary / Junior High for our students,” said Principal McIver. “We want to instill in our students that when there is a need in our community, we come together to meet that need. When a community comes together and responds to this need, it really is a beautiful thing. “

The Springlake-Earth Wolverine family presented the check to Ms. Herriage on Wednesday.

She told Mr. McIver and other staff that she will be able to improve the wheelchair she was looking at with better wheels and shocks. The remaining money will go to a savings account. So when that new wheelchair is worn out in 10 or 12 years, she can buy another one.

“I LOVE Springlake-Earth,” Herriage said under the teacher spotlight on the Springlake-Earth High School information website. “And I’m so happy to be able to teach where I grew up.”

Students received certificates of participation in the Walk 'n Roll Marathon Fundraiser.
Students received certificates of participation in the Walk ‘n Roll Marathon Fundraiser.(Springlake-Earth ISD)

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