3 CMS Teachers Win New Cars Thanks to Circle K and Coca-Cola Consolidated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three CMS teachers stood on stage at Speed Street in Uptown Saturday night, eager to find out who won a brand new Toyota Camry, and who won a year’s worth of free gas. They’d been selected out of hundreds of nominees. Students and parents wrote letters, explaining what the three women mean to them: Lillian Allemond, a Theatre Arts teacher at Hopewell High School, Victoria Berke, a Special Education teacher at Ardrey Kell High School, and Natalie Harrell, a Culinary Arts teacher at South Mecklenburg High School.

Watch the video of the teachers being surprised in their classrooms for being finalists

WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty led the crowd in a countdown, and the teachers tore open their envelopes. After a little bit of confusion, they realized that instead of one Camry winner, all three won brand new cars, thanks to Circle K and Coca-Cola Consolidated.

After the big surprise started to sink in, the teachers talked with WCCB about the surprise. Victoria Berke said, “Definitely (had) butterflies in the belly!” Lillian Allemond said, “Just overwhelmed I guess! Best way to describe it!” And Natalie Harrell said, “I didn’t know what was going on!”

They have fun plans for where they’ll first drive their new cars. Berke’s children cheered when she replied, “Probably to get ice cream!” Harrell said, “I’m going to school and we’re gonna take a field trip to the car so that everybody can see it!”

PHOTOS: Circle K And Coca-Cola Surprise 3 Charlotte Teachers With New Cars

The teachers love their school families. Berke said, “The parents and students, I just love and adore!” And they all say that knowing their students love them right back is the real prize. Allemond said, “That was the best part. The most rewarding thing that I’ve experienced.” And Harrell said, “Teachers don’t often get a chance to hear what people think, so this is amazing. Thank you so much!”

WCCB was this year’s television partner for the 600 Festival, and we were so thrilled to take part in this wonderful surprise. Special thanks again to Circle K and Coca-Cola Consolidated.