Students help teacher after devastating home fire

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Do you remember your second grade teacher?

A group of students in Woodstock certainly remember theirs.

When a local teacher's home burned down over the weekend, kids from elementary to high school came together to help a teacher they say gave them so much.

Kyle Pederson didn't waste any time setting up shop.

As soon as he heard his second grade teacher's home burned down, he and his sister knew they wanted to help.

"We got home and started cooking, started making the posters and the flyers, and it was all kind of a rush," he said.

Though he's in high school now, he says teacher Amanda Pingley has helped so many kids over the past 15 years, it was no problem finding other kids who wanted to help her.

"We really wanted to get the word out there that we wanted to help the Pingley family, give them money, and clothes and stuff so they would be able to rebuild their house," he said.

Within the first hour of their bake sale Sunday, they raised $400 and got countless donations. But even more impressive was the stuff that money can't buy -- dozens of students supporting their teacher and her family in their time of need.

"She was an amazing second grade teacher, she was always there for us, she would help us when we needed it. If we needed something, I knew I could always come to her," he said.

The Pingley's were overwhelmed by how many people wanted to lend a hand, and spent most of the day thanking them for caring so much.

"We just can't thank everyone enough. This means more to us than they will ever know," said Amanda Pingley.

"It feels really good helping her now. It's like giving back to her for all she's done for us," said Pederson.

The students also set up a fundraising page to donate to the family:


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