An Oklahoma teacher’s viral photo of a broken chair led hundreds of school supplies donations from some kind strangers.
7th and 8th grade art teacher Laurissa Kovacs made a post about her classroom’s broken “cheek pincher” chairs, stating, “They have broken bottoms, we call them ‘cheek pinchers.’ My kids compete to see who can get [to class] first so they don’t have to have a 'cheek pincher.’ And if they’re not pinching your cheeks, they are stabbing you because the tops are jagged.”
She then posted about the jagged chairs online and how little resources she has to fix them, and the post went totally viral. Several people asked if they could buy anything for Kovacs, prompting her to start a wish list — and almost everything from the list has since been purchased.
Kovacs went on to explain, “One of the biggest misconceptions about this [teacher] walkout is that we are only doing this for a teacher pay raise. But there’s so much more to it than just the pay raise. We are asking for funding of general education, I know I’m not the only one when I say I’d still be doing this if a raise wasn’t in question."