WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A Cunningham Elementary teacher created a GoFundMe page to help resupply her classroom after a car crashed into it three months ago.
Katie Miller, the fourth-grade reading teacher, paid for those supplies that were destroyed in the wreck out of her own pocket. It is Miller’s first year at Cunningham Elementary, although she’s been a teacher for years.
“A lot of hard work and time goes into making a classroom your home. You spent most of your day here so you want it to be as nice for yourself as your home.”
Miller said on November 15 around 3:00 a.m. a grey mustang crashed into her classroom.
“There were tears, lots and lots of tears," Miller said.
The room has since been repaired but in the three months it took to fix the room her students used the library, then the computer room as a classroom until this Tuesday.
“We have bright new windows. We can see outside," Miller said. "We are still missing a whiteboard but they’re working on that. All the technology is back up and running, it’s been replaced and repaired. We’re ready to go and excited to be back.”
There are still a few things missing. Several items destroyed in the crash were things Miller collected in her seven years working in education to help her be the best teacher possible.
“Buckets in my classes where they kept their journals, that shelf was destroyed," Miller said. "There was a desk like table where we kept some of our materials that was destroyed. Our pencil sharpener was destroyed. Just little things that add up.”
Miller started a GoFundMe Page to help pay for those things, worth an estimated $800, and get her classroom to where it was before.
“I’m just asking for some help because it was something that was not just purchased overnight," Miller said. "It took time so to get those things back to where we can get our classroom back together.”
A Wichita Falls ISD spokesperson said “[the items] may end up being covered [by the district’s insurance] but the insurance claim is still being processed and our insurance only covers WFISD assets.”
Wichita Falls Police said they are still investigating the wreck and trying to find the driver behind the wheel.