Local teacher spends thousands transforming classroom into world of Alice In Wonderland

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OKLAHOMA CITY  - It's always tea time in this second grade classroom at Parmelee Elementary.

Teachers at Parmelee Elementary were given a "storybook" theme for the new school year.

That theme led to this extravagant world of Alice in Wonderland.


"I wanted them to engage and want to read and want to open a book and crawl into a space and just want to open a book and get lost,” Elayne Worthington, second grade teacher at Parmelee Elementary, said.

A fantastical display of trees, memorable quotes, and characters spread throughout the room.

Mrs. Worthington even has a tea table complete with realistic looking treats.

Everything in the classroom is all handmade by Mrs. Worthington.

"The alternative seating has been the biggest thing this year, and they want to read all day, so mission accomplished," she said.

It took Mrs. Worthington the entire summer with help from friends and family. The Wonderland all paid for out of her own pocket.

"A lot. A couple thousand dollars," she said.

"When I walked in there I was just blown away that a teacher would take that much time and invest that to do that for their children because that's what we're here for. To do what's best for kids and that's definitely what she was doing all summer long," Principal Michelle Lewis said.

"I think that the Oklahoma City teachers work really hard. We have amazing teachers in this district, and we have amazing kids and it's important that when they come to school that they feel excited to be here and that's what it was all about it,” Mrs. Worthington said.

Mrs. Worthington is just one of the many dedicated teachers transforming their classroom.

Other students at the school are exploring Hogwarts, Whoville, and even the land of Oz.

The one common theme here at Parmelee is a world of learning.

One thing Mrs. Worthington couldn't afford, but wishes she could give to all of her 23 children is their own Alice in Wonderland book.

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