On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Quincy’s F.W. Parker Elementary School will be featured on the Ellen show, broadcast locally on WCVB at 4:00 pm. It all began last summer, when first grade teacher Julie White-Patel answered a survey on the ellentv.com website about technology needs at the school, hoping to be selected for an online feature that pairs private donors with schools. Two weeks ago, a production crew visited Parker to film a day in the life of the school and last week, Ms. White-Patel learned that she was invited to California to be in the studio audience for a taping of the Ellen show. Meanwhile, Parker’s principal Dr. Maryanne Palmer and Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro had been notified that Ms. White-Patel and the Parker school might potentially receive much more:
Photo and caption courtesy of ellentv.com and Telepictures Productions, Inc.
Ellen thought Julie Patel was absolutely amazing, and loves her passion for teaching. Ellen’s friends at Wells Fargo believe that small acts make a huge difference, and that every day, Julie is changing her students’ lives. So they gave Parker Elementary a check for $25K! Wells Fargo also wanted to make the holiday season a little more magical for her students, so they gave every student at Parker a backpack full of school supplies, winter wear, and a Wells Fargo plush pony!
Parker School students and staff were invited to a special viewing of the “reveal” last night and were treated to refreshments and a school auditorium decorated for the holiday season, courtesy of the Ellen show. Superintendent DeCristofaro said that “this gift from Wells Fargo has the potential to be transformative for Parker School’s students, given the opportunity for innovation that state-of-the-art classroom technology will provide for the staff.” Principal Palmer “is looking forward to working with Ms. White-Patel and all of the dedicated staff members at Parker to implement the technology wishlist. Thanks to Wells Fargo and Ellen for the amazing gift that will make a huge difference for the 300 students at the F.W. Parker School!”