PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some local teachers got a big surprise, and a Pittsburgh Steeler was there to deliver the news.
When the teachers showed up at JCPenney on Tuesday, 30 teachers from Fulton Elementary School in Highland Park knew something good was going to happen.READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Boy Killed When Gun Handled By Another Child Discharges
“Today, we want to invite you for a shopping spree,” JCPenney Manager Jill Tonti told the teachers.
But there would be more to cheer about.
Much to their surprise, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walked into the store with more good news.READ MORE: Pennsylvania's Temperature Will Be Nearly 6 Degrees Higher By 2050, Climate Report Says
“I want to thank you and JCPenney for allowing you guys to have a $300 shopping spree,” Shazier said.
Shazier wanted to surprise the teachers to make them feel appreciated.
“It means so much more when you help people,” Shazier said. “I thought it was amazing, and I know these teachers are helping so many children.”
“We feel very appreciated,” teacher Becky Mawk said. “We work hard and to be acknowledged and appreciated feels very good.”MORE NEWS: Teacher At Marclay Elementary School Puts In Extra Work To Assure Her Students Succeed
JCPenney also donated $1,000 to buy the children socks and underwear.