Woodbridge Middle School math teacher Stacey Heaney’s winter break wish for her students is that they put down their devices and have “plain old kid fun.”
To make that possible, she sent all 400 seventh grade students home for the break with a brand-new board game.
Heaney collected more than 400 games—Monopoly, Sorry, Connect 4, Candyland, Uno, Operation and more—from donors all over the country since posting a request on social media just before Thanksgiving.
“I have been getting games in the mail every day since right before Thanksgiving,” said Heaney during a mid-December interview. “It’s just blossomed and really resonated with people. It’s taken on a life of its own.”
Heaney, who lives in Stafford County and taught for Stafford County Public Schools until this year, had the idea to collect board games for her students after she hosted a game day in her classroom earlier this year.
“Many of the children in our building are low income,” she said. “We have some that don’t speak English and they didn’t know how to play the games, or they weren’t confident enough to play on their own.”
Heaney wanted to do something special prior to the break for her students, who she feels have suffered since the pandemic and are continuing to struggle this year.