When seventh-grader Jude Thompson donated his birthday money to buy books for his former second-grade teacher Heather Chilton’s classroom library, the gesture earned him a hero’s welcome at Emma B. Ward Elementary and praise from his teachers, parents and peers.
Little did he or anyone else know, but his book donation was about to get a whole lot bigger.
When Jude’s story hit ‘The Anderson News’ Facebook page April 6, it was read by more than 7,500 people. One of those people was Diana Ahlers of Marietta, Georgia.