Celebrities Give Back to Favorite Teachers

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Jennifer Hudson and George Lopez are among the celebrities slated to give back to their favorite teachers in partnership with Bounty, the paper products giant, and the Get Schooled Foundation.

Hudson, Lopez, and Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s Entourage, will donate school supplies to their favorite teachers through Bounty-sponsored TeacherWishList.com, a site where teachers register for classroom supplies so parents can possibly fulfill the needs. According to Bounty, the nation’s public school teachers spend nearly $500 out of their own pockets for school supplies each year.

For some teachers it’s even more than that. Brenda Kennedy a high school teacher in Norfolk, Va. says she spends anywhere from $750 to $800 annually on school supplies.

“If it's necessary for my kids to get through school, then I'll do that,” she told the Virginia Pilot.

For that reason, Bounty officials say the corporation is eager to help parents and celebrities give back to teachers who give so much to kids.

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“We are elated to help make a positive difference in the lives of the teachers who have motivated Adrian, Jennifer and George,” said Laura Lewis external relations manager of Bounty, in a statement. “Bounty is dedicated to offering a helping hand, so teachers can focus on what really matters: fostering creative, hands-on learning environments for our kids.”

The teachers receiving supplies will be Grenier’s drama teacher, Harry Shifman of LaGuardia High School in New York, Hudson’s music and choral teacher, Richard Nunley, of Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago and Maria de la O Awakian , principal of George Lopez’s elementary school, San Fernando Elementary School in San Fernando, Calif.