Stonewater Roofing gives back to Tyler teachers by clearing their Amazon wishlists | Local News
It was a happy day for Risa Wasik and Kayla Whiddon, two teachers from Tyler ISD’s Owens Elementary. Their faces lit up as Stonewater Roofing employees hand-delivered boxes filled with items from their Amazon wish list.
The winners were chosen at random and this year there were two teachers from Tyler ISD.
When the boxes were opened, the two fifth grade teachers were excited and imagined how they would use their wish list items. Wasik is a reading and social studies teacher and Whiddon is a science teacher.
When she found out she was a winner, Wasik said she cried. She said she couldn’t afford the items on her wish list and how she saved them for later or next year.
Wasik was grateful, especially now that she no longer has to feel guilty about buying certain expensive items.
“This is a $100 book. I couldn’t justify buying it for myself. It will be very helpful, but $100 can buy you a lot of other things, especially when a lot of our kids come to school without all the necessities like I should probably buy pencils, composition books, markers or anything else they might have in their hands,” Wasik said.
When unwrapping one of the items, Wasik imagined how she intended to use the items as a positive reward opportunity.
“I’m going to use this gumball machine to encourage full sentences and this will be their reward for remembering to use them. I was thinking of using certain colors like if they turn yellow then there’s no homework for the week, so it’s going to be a positive reward for the classroom,” she said.
For Whiddon, her focus was on buying items that allow students to gain hands-on experience.
“I think it’s really important to have practical pieces, something for them to see, like a model of how big the sun is compared to the Earth. Something they can play with, life cycles or food webs or whatever it’s for them.” is to have that practical piece,” Whiddon said.
Both teachers said they appreciate Stonewater Roofing’s support for local educators.
“It means so much because many of us don’t make a lot of money and we can’t afford such supplies. Especially when we came out of the COVID year, we teachers had so much criticism. It’s really good to know that people support us and know what we’re doing,” Wasik said.
“These kids are going to be the future, they’re going back to our community and making a difference like all of you,” added Whiddon.
This marks the third year that Stonewater Roofing has given back to educators by hosting their #clearthelist campaign in East Texas, with the company helping underpaid educators fulfill their Amazon wish lists.
Instructors ranged from elementary to high school and stretched from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to the Longview area.