A kindergarten teacher went the extra mile to give hundreds of students at a Washington, D.C. school a special Christmas.

Azel Prather Jr. was hoping to collect enough money to buy presents for the 26 students in his class at KIPP DC Arts & Technology Academy, but he was able to do so much more thanks to generous donors.

The young professional took to social media in November asking followers to donate gifts or money for the cause.

He tweeted:

I teach Kindergarten in DC. Off Divison Ave. In Clay Terrace. A lot of my kids won’t have a Christmas on their own so I’m tryna get them SOMETHING. I did it in ATL, now I’m tryna up the bar now that I’m Home. I’ll come pick up gifts, cash app ($AzelJr), I just want them right

He was amazed by the overwhelming response he received.

According to Circa, Prather eventually received enough money to purchase every student in prekindergarten and kindergarten a gift.

He said:

“People are open when they know you’re doing it for the right reason. I had no problems getting people to say, ‘Hey, where are you? Let me meet you with gifts. Hey, what’s your cash app? I want to send you some money so you could do some more.’ So when you’re doing it for the right reasons, this is genuine. It just becomes easy.”

However, this isn’t Prather’s first time giving back. Last year, he did a similar gesture for 15 of his students while teaching in Atlanta. In this case, Prather delivered the gifts to each of the children’s home.

This year, after hours of wrapping, staff helped Prather give all the students their gifts at once.

As Circa reports, he said:
“The smiles and whatever they do for those couple minutes or those couple of seconds when they play — everything I did beforehand is worth it.”
Prather posted to Twitter a few days prior to Christmas thanking everyone for supporting the cause.


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3 Replies to “Kindergarten Teacher Fulfills the Christmas Wishes of Nearly 350 Students After Santa Hands Out Gifts”

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  • Anonymous 11 months ago

    We all need to have a teacher like this in our lives. Good job to a great teacher!

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