Oak View teacher wins Warm Hearted Award

BOLINGBROOK – Oak View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Antoine Bland is the recipient of Operation Warm’s Warm Hearted Teachers of America award.

Bland, who started his career with Valley View as a Summer Learning Experience teacher at Jamie McGee Elementary School in 2012, was nominated for the honor by a parent whose son was an SLE student.

For his award, the Philadelphia-based charity has donated 36 brand new winter coats to be given to children in need at Oak View.

“We applaud your outstanding kindness and generosity toward your students,” said Operation Warm Vice President Rich Lalley, who presented the coats to Bland during an Oak View teaching team meeting Thursday after school. “Together we can make sure every child feels warm, safe and valued.”

Every year Operation Warm provides 200,000 brand new coats to children in 45 states, according to a news release. The group is funded through individual and corporate contributions.

More information on Operation Warm is available at operationwarm.org.