A school often feels like home for many students, but in the case of this teacher, it has also become quite like family.
Raini Webb has been teaching at Mustard Seed School for more than three years, but she and her family have been struggling lately.
The 23-year old has been through a lot, as “it seems like it’s one thing after another” in her life just seemed to go wrong.
Her father got sick in September, as well as her 19 year old brother, who are both suffering from a heart condition. Her 16-year old sister was born with a tumour that is now causing her complications.
When all these issues were combined, their house ended up being foreclosed on in January. Webb and her family currently reside in temporary housing, but it is rented day by day.
That is when the school stepped in, with second and third graders marching to raise money for their beloved teacher. Their GoFundMe goal is $12,000 and they are almost halfway there with the donations.
She now lives with her parents and siblings in temporary housing, but it’s rented day-by-day. They run the risk of having to move regularly. “We have to actually move out tomorrow,” Webb told PIX11 News on Thursday. “We’re looking for another place to stay.” After hearing about her family’s situation, Webb’s students and colleagues at Mustard Seed decided to step in. “She helps us. We should help her,” said a student. More than 60 second- and third-graders will march to raise money on Friday. The walk-a-thon will extend around the entire perimeter of Hoboken, which means a 4-mile hike for 8- and 9-year-olds.
“She’s like the funniest teacher,” another student said. “She likes everyone and everyone likes her,” added another. The GoFundMe goal is to raise $12,000. As of Thursday, donations are almost halfway there. “It means a lot,” Webb said. “You always hope the community you work in will be a great one, but this is one where you can really feel that God’s love and compassion is there.”