Some 50 children in Robertson County won't owe classroom fees this year thanks to the kindness of a stranger.
Dickey Richard, a State Farm Insurance Agent in Springfield, is paying the fees for students in one fourth grade class and one fifth grade class at Greenbrier Elementary School.
Richard, a former teacher, says he knows how expensive the start of a new school year can be for both parents and educators and he wanted to help.
He chose the two classes because the teachers are his clients.
“Those teachers, they've been clients of mine all this time. They're helping me put groceries on the table so I wanted to do something nice for them,” said Richard.
The fees are $25 per child.
A smile spread across Marinda Bratton's face as she read the letter sent home by her fourth grade daughter's teacher informing her of Richard's good deed.
“It took me by shock. Twenty-five dollars doesn't mean a lot to some people, but it means a lot to me right now,” said Bratton.
Bratton, who is currently out of work, would like to meet Richard to thank him for his generosity in person.
“I'd give him a hug and probably start crying,” said Bratton.
School officials say this is the second year in a row Richard has spent his own money to cover the cost of fees for children at the elementary school.
He says he plans to continue the tradition.