Thousands raised for critically injured teacher

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — A huge smile and a huge heart but now a huge hole here at RHAM Middle School as teacher Dawn Mallory fights for her life after being struck by an SUV last week.

The smiles you see in pictures are just a snapshot of the joy the 65-year-old math teacher has brought to those who know her.

“When we’re outside talking she’s hysterical,” said Donna Perry.

Perry lives next door to Dawn Mallory, who remained in critical condition Wednesday after suffering a skull fracture in the collision last Friday.

“It’s devastating,” said Perry, who talks fondly of her always happy and helpful neighbor who tutored her son when he was struggling with calculus. “After a few sessions he says, ‘Mom I get it, she explained it very simple.”

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Mallory teaches at RHAM Middle School, Three Rivers Community College, and, like all of us, does taxes this time of year. But income is now lost as bills pile up. Her family has set up a Giveforward online fund to help her once she recovers.

As of late Wednesday, the donations totaled $8,300, less than a couple thousand short of the page’s stated goal.

“She just has to pull through,” Perry said. “She’s the best neighbor ever. When she moved in I was like oh you’re a godsend.”

And apparently Mallory’s reputation precedes her. “Even my co-workers that don’t even know her are calling and asking, ‘What can we do?'” said Perry.

The neighbor tells WTNH a lot of people who don’t have computers have asked her how they can help. Mallory’s daughter-in-law says the family has set up another fund.

You can make checks out to Dawn Mallory’s Helping Hands, 23 Plumer Road Unit 1, Epping, New Hampshire.

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