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With Dorchester Teacher’s Prize, The Pupils Win

It’s the last day before Christmas break, and Nicole Bollerman is teaching her third-grade class at UP Academy Dorchester a reading lesson.

Just before Thanksgiving, she saw an ad for a contest — the #WishForOthers campaign — inviting people to submit a wish the sponsor company could grant.

A remarkable chain of events followed. First, Capital One, the contest sponsor, agreed to send all her kids books. Then, Bollerman, who is 26, won one of the grand prizes — $150,000 — and quickly announced she would give it all to the school.