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Kindergarten teacher's request for mental health books goes viral

Jerry Davich, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Health & Fitness

DuBrock and her team created a "wish list" of mental wellness books to be purchased on and shipped to their school. The titles include, "The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia," "My Friend Has ADHD (Friends with Disabilities)," and "What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD."

"I want to provide my families with lessons they can hopefully use for a lifetime," she wrote. "Our team kept asking ourselves what more could we do to bring social and emotional learning into our classroom."

This wasn't the first time she used social media to acquire materials for her kids. She has previously accepted donated stools, tricycles, tumbling mats, a mini trampoline and art easel. Her expectations were low, hoping for possibly a handful of new or used books.

Within two hours after she posted her request, 54 books were purchased.

"Our K team is in awe of everyone's generosity," she told me. "The huge outpouring of support has been incredible."

After the first wave of new books were delivered, she told me, "It was Christmas in my room today. Humbled by generosity is putting it mildly."

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Just days later, the running total shot up to 175 books.

"I am beyond grateful for this phenomenal support," said DuBrock, whose students will be soon using the new materials.

The kindergartners are like little sponges, absorbing every teachable moment.

"I know the answer!" one boy yelled, jumping from his spot on the floor.


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