Third-grade teacher Kailey Arrivo was recently chosen as a recipient of the Back to School Bonanza classroom stock-up promotion sponsored by Peapod in partnership with Reckitt and Kimberly-Clark.
Arrivo, 24, is a first-year teacher at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights, and was one of six recipients nationwide.
Her classroom received $500 worth of Lysol and Kleenex products and other school supplies. Peapod doubled this prize with an additional $500 in Peapod gift cards.
“I felt extremely blessed and thankful to have been chosen for the donation. It’s my first year teaching, and supply-wise, I didn’t know what I was getting into. This donation was a lifesaver,” Arrivo said.
“It is extremely common for teachers to spend their own money (on supplies). I believe that teachers want their students to be successful and that often requires going out and purchasing those supplies to help them be the best learners they can.”
Arrivo was chosen in part by Facebook votes from her community, and her class is already putting the supplies to good use.
“At this point in the year, pencils, pens, paper, and erasers are all running low, so the donation could not have come at a better time. One student compared the donation day to Christmas,” she said.
A Flossmoor native, Arrivo attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and graduated with an elementary education degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. She is now teaching in the same school district she attended as a student.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher. Teaching makes me feel whole, and I can’t help but get excited when someone asks me about my day because I get to share all the great things that happened in my classroom,” she said.
“I believe that there are people who are born to do things, and I know I was born to be a teacher.”
A Chicago resident, Arrivo is actively involved with the youth group at Flossmoor Community Church and is a coach for the Girls on the Run program at Serena Hills Elementary.