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Generous gift leaves Chattanooga teacher speechless

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE:  A random act of kindness last week between a stranger and a teacher, has apparently inspired another to pass it forward.  Last week 

we introduced you to Sally White, she received a highly personal letter addressed to her at Chattanooga Central High School. 

Inside was an anonymous note and 800-dollars in certificates for McKay used books, which she describes as a dream come true.  Smith now tells Channel 3, an art teacher, Elizabeth Biel has also received $800 in McKay bucks, anonymously.   Both teachers say this donation will go a long way for their class.


She spends her days teaching English, Theater and Creative Writing to Sophomores at Chattanooga Central High School.

And as Sally White puts it, she couldn't see herself doing anything else.

“I just wanted to do something where I felt I could make a difference,” White said.

“She's actually what a teacher should be. She's willing to help us. She's willing to do anything that will benefit us,” Deandre Anderson said.

Through the hustle and bustle of class, grading and planning something happened.

“I noticed right away that someone used an old fashioned typewriter to put my name and address on it,” she said.

A small envelope, with a note and gift inside that left this English teacher at a loss for words.

“I've never ever experienced a gift like that on that type of scale,” she added.

$800 in certificates to McKay's Used Books: A dream come true for any teacher.

“You can get lots! If you have a whole class reading a book, and some of them can't provide some of the books for themselves, it comes in handy,” she said.

The sender didn't include their name. Leaving White to wonder who or why they thought of her.

“I can't imagine what would possess someone to do it. I'm just very appreciative and I will make the best of it,” White said.

The sender did include one small detail that didn't take long for this ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird' lover to notice. The stamp with her favorite novel character: Atticus Finch.

“It suddenly felt even more huge, even more personal,” she said.

A small act of kindness that made a huge impact for this English teacher.

White says she plans on using the certificates to buy books for her classroom and for her book club.

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