Mike Albert, chairman of the Public Service Commission, stood before an auditorium of elementary school children and told them a story.
He's more accustomed to speaking to rooms full of adults, but he laid it out for the small children, who sat on the floor with their legs crossed, watched closely by their teachers.
He and his coworkers at the PSC, he told them, had decided to try to raise money for them, the students of Piedmont, as part of "The Governor's Day to Serve," which is an annual campaign to encourage volunteering.
The PSC decided to ask its employees for donations, and to take those donations to Piedmont, to help the school buy more science equipment -- equipment the school sorely needed to improve its science instruction.
"We talked to your principal and he said he thought that if we raised $3,000 that would be a fair amount of money," Albert said.
The room of children gasped at the largeness of the sum.
"That's what we said," Albert said.