When the $1,200 stimulus payment hit Kent Chambers’ bank account, he knew exactly where to spend it. As a math teacher, coach and assistant athletic director at Bob Jones High School, Kent knows how hard the pandemic has been on his students and their parents. Since he was able to keep his steady paycheck, he donated the stimulus money to help the parents of his students who weren’t so lucky.
“I’m actually in better shape because I’m not having to pay for gas to drive to work, and I’m still getting paid (the) exact same amount,” Kent said. “There’s no need for me to take the money and splurge and do something reckless with the money. Let’s help somebody that really needs it.”
Kent’s wife also donated her portion to the students, making the official total donated $2,400.
He donated some money to help the families of his students make ends meet. Another $600 went to the burn care center at the Shriners Hospital of Cincinnati, a place near to the family after Kent’s niece was burned in a house fire.
Perhaps the most heartwarming part of this story is how many people were not surprised by the action once they saw the story on CNN.
“I am not surprised by Kent Chambers and his wife doing this,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “He is the most selfless person, and I am so thankful my daughter had the opportunity to play softball under his leadership and coaching. His heart for his students goes above expectations, and it is genuine. Way to go Coach Chambers!!!! Leading by example!!!”
Way to go, Kent. This will teach your kids more than geometry this year.