Sabrina Drude is white. She is also a school teacher in Texas. Earlier this week she went to Walmart to buy school supplies for her students. When she got on line to pay for the items, she noticed the black man standing behind her was looking over her shopping cart filled with hundreds of notebooks, pencils, markers and pens. She felt a bit uncomfortable by his stare and tried blowing it off. But then he asked her a question: “I see you don’t have any children with you, why would you need so many school supplies.
Drude explained that she teaches 7th grade at a very low socioeconomic area where kids can’t always afford what their peers can.
Heart-warmed by Drude’s kindness and caring, the black man (Lester Brown) offered to pay for everything in the woman’s cart. Drude thanked him, but said she couldn’t accept his money.
When the cashier was done tallying all the items, the registered showed the amount due: $97. That’s when Lester Brown pushed his way between Drude and the cashier with money in his hand. “He said, ‘Put your wallet away,’ and I just started crying,” Drude told CBS News. “That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Drude didn’t understand why someone would do something so sweet for a stranger. “Because teachers don’t get the recognition that they deserve,” Drude recalled Brown telling her.
Throughout the year, Drude often spends money out of her own pocket to benefit kids in her class. The $250 tax deduction that teachers receive doesn’t even put a dent into what we put into our classrooms, Drude said.
“I teach in a very low socioeconomic area,” Drude explained. “Some of my kids can’t afford what their peers can. I don’t want them to have to deal with that embarrassment or them not even wanting to tell me.”
Thanks to Brown, Drude’s students have the supplies that they desperately needed.
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