Clothing company Draper James, which Witherspoon launched in 2015, gave the news via Instagram on Wednesday: “Dear Teachers: We want to say thank you. During quarantine, we see you working harder than ever to educate our children. To show our gratitude, Draper James would like to give teachers a free dress ...”
“These past few weeks have shown me so much about humanity,” Witherspoon, 44, said in a statement to Today. “I’m an eternal optimist, so I always look for the bright side of things. And I have been so encouraged by the ways people are really showing up for each other. Particularly the teachers.”
Witherspoon continued, “During quarantine, teachers are broadcasting lessons from their own homes and figuring out new remote-learning technology and platforms on the fly, all while continuing to educate and connect with our kids. Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now.”
The offer is available while supplies last. Teachers can apply through Sunday, April 5 and winners will be notified on April 7. According to People, there is also a 25-percent discount for online orders to recognize Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5.
Representatives for Witherspoon and Draper James did not immediately return Yahoo’s requests for comment. Draper James is “steeped in Southern charm, designed for real life and unapologetically pretty,” reads its website.
As coronavirus infections spread in America, school districts have closed indefinitely while teachers conduct distance-learning plans to continue education. Some are motivating with drive-by parades through student neighborhoods and offering free tutoring and support to families managing homeschooling, through the #BetterTogether hashtag.
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