Ripon girl receiving treatment in S.F. to get gifts from class
Dear Simmons family,
My name is David Phelps, and I am a fifth-grade teacher at Oak View School in Acampo. I received your forwarded emails about Riley by accident, as I think they were to go to a different "Phelps" listed on the San Joaquin County Office of Education email phonebook.
I went ahead and read about Riley, and then I told my class about her and her situation. They decided, virtually unanimously, to cancel the Christmas gift exchange that we usually do in my class and take whatever monies they would have spent to give some kind of gift to Riley.
My question to you is: Do you have a suggestion for a gift that we can get for Riley? We, obviously, don't know Riley or what kinds of things that she likes or is interested in, but we would like to get her something that she would enjoy. Or, perhaps, is there something that she really needs?
If you could give me some ideas, I would appreciate it. Also, if you would be able to get back to me as soon as possible, that would be very helpful, as I would like to get a letter out to my parents ASAP to explain to them what the class has decided to do.
Our last day of school before Christmas break is Wednesday, Dec. 19, so we would need to collect the money from the students before then.
I hope this is something that we can do for Riley, as I think that it is good for the students to think of others instead of themselves, as they have decided to do, and it would be nice to let Riley know that there is an entire class of fifth-graders who don't even know her who are pulling for her. Thanks for your help!
Dave Phelps, fifth-grade teacher
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:00 am
Have you ever received an email in error that wasn't addressed to you?
Little did teacher and longtime Lodi resident David Phelps know after he read the message in his inbox that it would change the lives of his students and a girl they've never met.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:00 am.