A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer in November featured a school in Germantown that didn’t have any extra money in their budget to even buy all the paper they would need.

At first, readers responded by sending in reams of paper to Lingelbach Elementary. But then thousands of dollars in donations started arriving — enough to update books in their library and provide supplies to every teacher.

The school, which is 88% black with 56% of students receiving reduced lunches, received a surprise truckload of educational materials and office supplies sent from the Springfield School District in Montgomery County.

Most notably, one anonymous angel gave the school $100,000, a sum that should buy Google Chromebooks for each of the school’s 420 students, kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I was stunned by the outpouring of love,” said principal Marc Gosselin about the donations that poured in from around the country.

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