PHOENIX (3TV/ CBS 5) -- Courtney Thompson is entering her 8th year of teaching English at North Canyon High School. But this year is different. Come August, thanks to the generosity of others her classroom will be stocked.

"We really get to see these kids come into their own and figure out what their real dreams are," said Thompson.

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Teaching runs in her family. Still, it comes with its own set of challenges.

"For us at Title 1 schools, how do we do this when the kids are coming in hungry? she asked. "Or their parents are going through a divorce or their parents are being deported?"

On top of that, add the challenge of expensive school supplies coming out of her pocket.

"They need crayons, and pencils, and markers and glue," Thompson said. "We're not asking for a $5,000 set of new tables."

Thompson says she also tries to stock her classroom with snacks.

"It's those little things that sometimes we forget about," Thompson said. "We get so wrapped up in teaching them Shakespeare, we forget that they're not thinking about it because they're hungry."

So imagine her surprise when New York City businessman Ben Adam adopted her classroom. We first told you about his site ClassroomGiving.com in April.

Then, actress Kristen Bell put Thompson in her "Featured Teacher Friday" on her Instagram page, encouraging her 10.8 million followers to donate to her classroom using her Amazon wishlist.

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"Within days, Amazon packages started arriving of books, markers, pens, pencils," Thompson said. 

As people start to think about their own back to school shopping, she hopes you might be able to pick up a few items for her colleagues, too.

"This is life-changing," Thompson said. "Granola bars will be eaten, but books, they go on forever. I can use these for decades." 

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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