When Shirley Brock comes to school she makes sure her Kindergartners at Westwood Elementary School have everything they need.
"If it's clothes, if it's shoes, if it's snacks, food, anything, supplies," she said.
Brock has a locker stock piled with extra uniforms and shelves full of books she is always willing to give away.
"Before learning starts, Mrs. Brock has embodied the spirit of caring. When you show our children that you care about them they'll do anything you want, and that's what makes Mrs. Brock special," said Principal Rudgerick Brown.
Brock knows if the kids don't have the basics, they won't be as successful in the classroom. Which is why she spends about $300 a month on her class and any other kid at Westwood Elementary who may need it. It's a lot of money for anyone, especially when you consider she's a single mom with 2 kids.
"The kids I have here get as much as mine do at home," said Brock.
When a kid is in need she never hesitates to jump in. She trusts as long as she takes care of her kids she'll get taken care of, too.
"I feel like just by helping them by doing good deeds that I'm getting rewarded by doing that just for seeing their face when they come in."
Brock won the weekly Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. The award comes with a $500 prize from the sponsor, The Kirby Kelly Law Firm.
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