Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Monitor Article Inspires a Generous Act

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Monitor Article Inspires a Generous Act

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Nancy Barile, an English teacher at Revere High School in Massachusetts, liked to call her recent award from the College Board a "gift that keeps on giving." But she's stunned by the goodwill that's come her way since a Monitor article ("An innovative teacher turns kids into writers," March 15) profiled her inspiring efforts to turn teens into better writers.

A reader in California donated $5,500 to Ms. Barile and her school to help start a club that will connect immigrant students with more academic and social support.

Barile says she received a letter from the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, on March 27. It offered to potentially help her on her quest to "save the world" and asked if she had any unfunded project ideas. Barile quickly responded with an e-mail about her vision for a Revere Culture Club.

Two days later, she received the check in the mail and turned it over to the district office to be invested as seed money. At the donor's suggestion, $500 will go toward purchasing a video camera so the students in the club can create video journals of their experiences. …

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