Persistence. A little luck. And some good hearted people. It all came together recently for La Follette Middle School 8th grade math teacher, Olivia Lobertini.
Through a written request to DonorsChoose.org, she was able to receive two iPads. And that was great. But she needed 26 more to have one for everyone of her students. Lobertini figured if she could at least come up with half of the 28, it would be a step in the right direction.
When retired United Airline Pilot Dale Bruskotter closed on his Sugar Hollow Lake home this spring, he sent word to Olivia to come to the closing. He presented the young woman he calls an angel with a check for a thousand dollars. Lobertini told him the money was going toward buying two more iPads for her classroom and explained her plan and progress.
Bruskotter surmised that from here, it was a long, long way to 28 iPads. He quietly went to work calling in a few favors from some of his old United Airlines contacts and securing help from United’s “United in the Community” charitable partnership arm. In the end, he came away with 24 more iPads.
Needless to say, life and learning will be dramatically different in Classroom 406 come August. The ecstatic Lobertini can’t wait.
There will be a presentation ceremony of the iPads from Bruskotter, on behalf of United Airlines, Wednesday, June 13, at 10 am at the Campbell County Board of Education Central Office at Jacksboro. The public is invited to attend. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/08/2018-6AM)