03/12/2011 11:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jocelyn Lam, Arcadia 5th Grader, Donates $300 To Save Teacher Jobs

Alarmed to hear that state budget cuts were forcing teacher layoffs in her area, Arcadia, Calif. 5th grader Jocelyn Lam decided to donate her life's savings to help her school retain teachers.

Patch reports Lam handed over her entire $300 savings to Camino Grove Elementary School teacher Todd Weber. She also included a note expressing her support for her teachers and imploring district officials to use her donation to save jobs.

According to Patch Jocelyn's letter said,

Dear Super Indendant (sic) and Board Members,

Hi. My name is Jocelyn Lam. I've heard that 65 positions will be laid off and ten of them are from my school! This really breaks my heart. Those teachers had taught me a lot. They guided me to fifth grade. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here right now writing this letter. They changed my life.