OGDEN -- Teachers and administrators recently received $216,000 in classroom grants from the Ogden School Foundation.
One teacher at Taylor Canyon Elementary, however, received an extra bonus with her grant.
As members of the foundation's board and foundation director Janis Vause entered teacher Claire Miller's sixth-grade classroom with balloons and big smiles Wednesday morning, Miller got teary-eyed because she knew what was coming. She had received her $1,000 impact grant to help purchase iPads for her class.
What she didn't know was that parent Margit Lister had arrived with an extra surprise.
"There are people in our community that love to help you," Vause told Miller.
With that, Lister and Vause unrolled another check for $2,000, courtesy of the Lister family, to go toward the iPad purchase.
Then the tears really started to flow, as Miller said, "This is incredible."
"Now you'll be able to get all the iPads you could ever want," Vause said.
The students in the class applauded and cheered, and Lister's son, Maddox, couldn't stop smiling.
"I am totally overwhelmed," Miller said. "I have never had anything like this in my 35 years of teaching."
The Listers -- Margit and her husband, Steve -- had met with Miller at the beginning of the school year. Miller mentioned to Margit Lister about her idea to put six iPads in the classroom.
That got Lister and her husband thinking, and they told the foundation they wanted to double the amount of the grant the foundation was giving, so more students could use the devices at any given time.
"I never expected this. I thought a box of paper or something," Miller said of her conversation with the Listers.
Miler said she plans to do a lot of science and math projects on the tablets, and that she has found several great apps for that purpose.
"This is beyond my wildest dreams," Miller said.
"We are big believers in public education," Margit Lister said, adding that she and her husband want to do all they can to help public schools thrive.
Both of their sons are in the Accelerated Learning Academy at Taylor Canyon but also attended Shadow Valley.
Vause said community members and parents donate money for the teacher grants every year -- some with private donations and others through events such as the Fall Author Event to be held in November -- but she said no one has made a donation like this one.