Compton Teachers Get Surprise Gifts from Jimmy Kimmel and Chevy
Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel surprised Whaley Middle School Principal Candice Waters and teachers Josh Weiss (left) and Edward Boynton (second to the right) by announcing a major partnership with Chevrolet and donating $16,7000 worth of much needed learning and athletic material to support student learning projects.
Along with that all of the of the certificated staff from the campus along with their spouses will spend their summer in Hawaii courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel Show and Chevy.
School Board President Satra Zurita said, “we at the district work hard to provide the basic needs for our students so that they are successful; however, these kinds of partnerships help us further enrich our students.”
The two instructors thought they were filming a promo video for fundraising website DonorsChoose.org when all of the sudden the late night host appeared on the television screen behind them to share big news.
Principal Candice Waters was in on the joke, but was surprised by the scope of the donors’ generosity.
“It’s surreal. I’m still in la-la land. I didn’t know anything about the trip. That was a surprise to me. All of our teachers work so hard for our students, so the trip to Hawaii is really special.”
“Both Mr. Weiss and Mr. Boynton are two very deserving teachers. They’re truly willing to go the extra mile for the kids, so for them to get all their projects funded means there will be more learning opportunities for our students.”
With support from the late night show and Chevrolet, the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) school will see even more opportunities for students to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), arts, and tech-based activities. Both teachers will also receive new computers and classroom equipment.