FORT WORTH -- Second-grader Maria Meneses is afraid of losing her teachers.
She considers those at Diamond Hill Elementary School her friends, and if the Fort Worth school district has to lay off any of them, the 8-year-old would be sad.
So she walked into the school Wednesday morning with a sackful of change and handed it to her principal.
"I thought I would bring some of my money from my college fund to my school so more teachers wouldn't get fired because I don't want anyone to go away," Maria said.
"I had to do something to try and help them because they help me. Every single teacher I've had has helped me."
Maria said her classmates have been talking about how teachers might lose their jobs. When she saw more stories about school budgets on the news Tuesday night -- Fort Worth is facing up to $80 million in state funding cuts over the next two years -- she decided to help.
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