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Boston teacher Nikki Bollerman wins $150k then donates it all to her school | Daily Mail Online

Boston teacher Nikki Bollerman wins $150k then donates it all to her school | Daily Mail Online:

Third-grade teacher, 26, won $150,000 in a Christmas wish contest - then donated it ALL to her school

  • Nikki Bollerman won the sum as part of Capital One's #WishForOthers, in which people submitted what they wanted for other people
  • Bollerman, a Boston teacher, said she wished that each of her students could take home a book over December break
  • Capital One bought three books for every student on top of the money
  • She said she's hopeful the school will use the money for a computer lab

 A third-grade teacher who won $150,000 in an online contest has given her entire winnings to her school.

Nikki Bollerman, 26, won the sum as part of Capital One's #WishForOthers competition, which asked people to submit ideas of what they would like to do for others this holiday season.
Bollerman, who teaches at UP Academy Dorchester in Boston, said that she wished for every one of her students to be able to take home a book so that they could experience the joys of reading.
As well as giving her the money, Capital One also granted her wish, and every child was given three books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, My Father's Dragon and Where the Wild Things Are.
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Celebration: Nikki Bollerman poses with some of her students and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh after she won a $150,000 prize from Capital One and then donated it back to the charter school where she works

Considerate: She said she had made the wish for the children so it seemed right they would get the money

Bollerman told ABC News that it giving away the money seemed like the natural choice. 
'I really made the wish for my students and I was blessed, lucky and thankful that Capital One gave me the opportunity,' she said. 'Since I made the wish for my students I thought I would do something to make their lives better rather than spend it on myself.'
In her winning entry, she wrote: 'My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand.' 

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