What a way to start 2012.

On the last day of school, before the Christmas break, Meadowview Elementary was the surprise recipient of $10,000 and 10 iPads from local benefactor Denise Bankston, founder of A Kid’s Choice Foundation. Then January 4, the day teachers returned from the holidays, Bankston doubled the money, handing Meadowview principal Dr. Shelly Barrett a check for another $10,000. She could not have been more excited or shocked.

Barrett said the depressed economy has been particularly tough for her school and the parents of her students. “We haven’t had any fundraisers this year in light of that, so this money helps more than you know.” Barrett added that her school exhausted all technology funds it was allotted earlier in the year.