Kristen Bell Instagram post delivers for Vineland special education teacher
VINELAND – The public delivered for a Wallace Intermediate School teacher who got some social media love from actress Kristen Bell, star of the NBC television show “The Good Place.”
In an Instagram Live post Friday evening, Bell announced Jacquie Campbell, a 12-year Vineland Public Schools educator, as her #FeaturedTeacherFriday selection.
The #10featuredteachers campaign spotlights those who could use some help with classroom supplies. Bell shared Campbell’s Amazon wish list with her 9.4 million followers suggesting “any help they can get would be amazing!”
Bell’s support was a wonderful surprise, Campbell said.
The wave of generosity that followed overwhelmed her.
“There are big hearts out there,” she told The Daily Journal during a classroom interview on Tuesday.
When heading out Sunday to look at a possible wedding venue, Campbell got a call from unfamiliar out-of-state number that she didn’t answer right away.
“I answered it the second time, it was a guy laughing and he said, ‘Ma’am, you ordered 99 packages from Amazon and I want to know where you want me to put them,”’ Campbell said.
“An Amazon truck shows up at my house and just brings a massive amount of things,” she said. “My den is filled with boxes.”
That was not the end of it.
“Yesterday, I got deliveries from the post office, UPS, and Amazon Prime,” Campbell said, noting she is now on a first-name basis with her two Prime deliverymen.
The school district is planning to send a box truck to her home to carry the contributions to her North Mill Road classroom.
As her Amazon wish list gets depleted, Campbell adds more items.
“The things I ask for most are reading books and art supplies,” she said. She's also received big ticket items including a Chromebook and printer.
Packages are addressed to Campbell but she’s handling them over to the true recipients. She watched her students’ delight at opening the steady supply of smile-stamped boxes and discovering what’s inside.
“I’ve been giving them out one-by-one,” she said, inspired by the supplies piling up on tables around her classroom.
“I can add on to lessons,” she said. “I can do so much more than I could before; we have more books to read.”
Campbell is grateful to Bell for the joy she’s brought to her classroom.
“She is absolutely amazing,” Campbell said, with tears welling up in her eyes. “She has the biggest heart and this is what makes me cry.”
As of Tuesday, more than 250 packages arrived thanks to Bell's shout out.
Campbell joked she may have to add a storage unit to her next wish list. Her students offered to help make some room by eating some of the candy that arrived.
Wallace principal Debi Quinn called the outpouring of contributions “overwhelming.”
“This is above and beyond,” Quinn said of the donations. “Our kids will have extra hands-on activities, books and videos that we couldn’t have been provided them.”
Bell credited Campbell's sister, Elyse Elliott of Elmer, with the nomination and posted the email where Elliott spoke lovingly of her older sister’s devotion to her special education students.
“Her compassion and love for all of her students cannot be measured,” Elliott wrote to Bell.
“My bulldozer sister, I absolutely love my sister,” Campbell said.
The teacher joked this experience will help as she approaches her July 2020 wedding to Ryan Bacon, especially when it comes to setting up a bridal registry.
“I got this under control,” she said with a laugh.
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