- Bethany Pickens was forced to teach her music class virtually after COVID-19 hit
- She, however, did not have any pianos for her students who were learning from home
- The teacher filmed her plight asking well-wishers to help her purchase the keyboards and posted it online
- Within hours, an anonymous donor sent her money enough to provide all the 153 students with instruments
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Unlike the pre-pandemic times, students from all over the world have adapted to studying via zoom and other virtual means.
Bethany Pickens, a music teacher from the US used her online platform to develop her music class and make her students’ lives easier.
The Kenwood High School teacher rallied support from people across her country and managed to raise a lot of money which was used to purchase keyboards for her students.
The teacher now has a fully equipped class which entails students who all have their own pianos.
“It was like being in a basketball team and having to run all the drills without ever getting to hold a basketball.”
The teacher posted her plight on Facebook and Instagram through a short clip that had her pleading with well-wishers to support her talented students.
In the clip, she had a few students demonstrate their prowess and piano playing skills.
According to Bethany, one donor made a big difference. The anonymous good Samaritan wrote a check of $30,600 (N12,602,610) within a few hours.
50-year-old Nigerian woman enrolls in secondary school, says all subjects are easy for her except mathematics
Now, 153 kids in her class have their own keyboards.
Yetunde said that the children always had to endure the arduous task of trekking for six hours every day to their secondary school.
Days after posting about the kids’ hard life on her LinkedIn, another kind woman, Bilqis Williams reached out to know how they could help the children.
Tunde Ososanya, a Legit.ng editor, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He's passionate about what he does and finds fulfillment in informing the people. Ososanya is the author of Later Tonight: a Collection of Short Stories.
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