Nobody saw it coming. And after TE Patch reported it, readers in TE and around the country couldn't get enough of it.
A simple yet extremely generous gesture of gratitude moved a seasoned local politician to speechless tears and silenced a room full of angry, contentious and battle ready adults and teenagers.
It happened back in late April.
After nearly four hours of spirited speeches, heated debate, and worries over how to pay the bills, David Levine stepped to the microphone to express his gratitude for all the Tredyffrin Easttown School District had done and meant to him, his wife and children.
He then took out his checkbook and as the saying goes "put his money where his mouth is."
It moved a roomful of people who had spent the night battling over a now long-abandoned proposal to cut the pay of the most-educated teachers in the school district as a way to solve a projected budget shortfall in the T/E District's 2012-2013 budget.
It was an expression of gratitude that most people in the Tredyffrin Easttown School district and in fact around the world had never witnessed. This wasn't a big company writing a big check. It was an individual, a grateful and proud graduate of Conestoga High School making a quiet, yet extremely profound statement.
Editor's Note: Between now and New Year's Day TE Patch will bring you the stories of some the biggest and most profound gifts given in Tredyffrin and Easttown during 2012. They are gifts that did not come in boxes with tags, but that have indeed inspired a community and profoundly changed the lives of both the givers and recipients. David Levine's story is one of those.