People Taking Action: Dedicated teacher uses his money to feed kids

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Brian Sarmiento at Kemps Landing Magnet School seemed puzzled when our cameras showed up in the school’s cafeteria.

Noah, the student who wrote us an email, and a handful of fellow 6th graders started collecting goodies for their teacher. They discovered Mr. Sarmiento was dipping into his own pockets, including getting that part-time job, to make sure he could provide snacks for students participating in after school activities.

They also raised $350 for the teacher's snack fund. It all left Mr. Sarmiento nearly at a loss for words. He was surprised that his “pay it forward message” has already connected with 6th graders.


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