From Controversy to Currency? Aldie Resident Spurs Businesses To Step Up For Teachers

One local resident is putting her anger into action over fallout from challenge coins given to Loudoun County Public Schools teachers, in lieu of bonuses given to higher-level administrators. 

Elizabeth Whitley,  a mother of four, including two students, said she was inspired to make lemonade out of lemons following a recent conversation with her rising first grader’s teachers. Her son had spent the entire school year distance learning, but wanted to visit his teachers at the start of summer. 

“We just got to discussing summer plans and somehow the conversation led to the challenge coins. The look on the teachers’ faces was just very underwhelmed,” she recalled. “I joked, ‘It’s too bad we couldn’t melt them down and make them useful and see if businesses could take them as currency’. They said ‘yeah, that would be better than sitting on my desk’.”

Whitley vowed to make it happen, and immediately began reaching out to local businesses to see if they could offer discounts or any other special perks to LCPS teachers if they show their challenge coins. The response was immediate. 

“I have a list of over 40 businesses who are either giving discounts or giving things like a free coffee, up to larger items that they’ll raffle off. There’s a lot of support from the community,” she said.

The list of discounts and perks for teachers is available here. Everything from penny pints at Dirt Farm Brewing (through June 20), to free pepper spray, to raffles for wine tours, is offered.

Whitley said she is hopeful that the outpouring of support from the business community will help soften the blow from the coin controversy. 

“We want to rally around [teachers] and show them they are supported, they are appreciated. If the small business owners of the community or individual people step in, that’s just what it takes,” she said.

5 thoughts on “From Controversy to Currency? Aldie Resident Spurs Businesses To Step Up For Teachers

  • 2021-06-17 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t understand the problem. Have the teachers already spent their $4000/year raises (that they get each and every year unlike a bonus) on 2000 bon-bons that fast?!!! They don’t even have any extra beer money left while they are lounging at home for the next 10 weeks while every true professional is still working?!!! Is that really a problem?

    • 2021-06-17 at 11:59 pm

      Wow you rely hate th he teaching staff don’t you? I cant figure out if you’re just trolling or whether you’re ajust clueless. If a private business wants to give teachers something in exchange for their coins, how does that impact you? It cost us tax payers minimal as opposed to the bonuses the desk jockeys received.

      • 2021-06-18 at 12:03 am

        My frustration with you cause some serious fat finger typing.

        • 2021-06-18 at 8:56 am

          No LCPS employee should have received bonuses. Period. End of story. Many of them should have been fired.

          I was simply mocking the LCPS employees for playing victim when they really robbed the taxpayers all the way to the bank. But lying about how much they earn is what LCPS employees do best.

          Fyi, nobody is giving LCPS employees stuff because they like them. This is called marketing. You have a sale or a promo to attract business especially from affluent workers who just received a $4000 raise and have absolutely no work to do for about 10 weeks.

      • 2021-06-18 at 2:38 pm

        Turtle- gotta say, every time I’ve read one of Brian Davidson’s /SGP rants I 1) feel kinda sorry for the family, but more so 2) want the teachers to get bigger raises.

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