It wasn’t so much that Teresa Danks wanted to stand on the side of the road in her hometown of Claremore, Oklahoma, begging for money. It was that she felt it needed to be done in order to raise both awareness and cash for her third-grade students at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa.

“It just felt so scary, but it was a wonderful feeling to hear people being so supportive of teachers.

Teresa Danks told ABC News.

While Danks pulled in only about $50 on the street, a local news crew picked up her story and soon it was national news, even earning Danks an appearance on Good Morning America. With her own GoFundMe page, which topped $14,000 following the television appearance, a “Begging for Education” Facebook page, and donations from the show, Danks more than met her goal for her students.

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