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OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better {Giveaway}

Over the last five years of blogging, I’ve gotten requests from companies ranging from the magical to the bizarre.  Some emails cause me to roll my eyes and delete, some require a red flag and some consideration, and some – like the one I’m about to share today – make me hit reply so quickly that I hurt my finger and nearly break my mouse.

This particular email was so exciting that I honestly couldn’t believe it was true.  Except that it was.

As every parent has seen and those of us who have taught have experienced, no amount of school funding can cover all of the needs of the classroom.  Sure, schools in great areas like the one in which I am blessed to live can provide the basics along with the help of parents and donations.  But I have yet to meet a teacher who has not headed off to the office supply store multiple times in a school year to bridge that gap between what kids need to learn and what kids need to enjoy learning.  Whether it’s buying the two pocket folders that some kids showed up to school without, picking up a few boxes of pencils when the supply shelf is empty mid-year, or splurging on the creative tools that help take learning to the next level, every teacher not only brings 110% of their time and talent in order to create the best possible learning environment, but also brings some of their hard-earned and not necessarily abundant paycheck.

OfficeMax wants to end teacher funded classrooms. And they want to say thank you to teachers while doing it.

daymadebetter1The OfficeMax A Day Made Better program reminds us that to the average American teacher, “back to school” means spending approximately $1,000 out of their own pocket for essential classroom supplies.  OfficeMax founded A Day Made Better to help ease the financial burden on teachers and recognize their extraordinary efforts in the classroom.  On October 1, OfficeMax associates around the country along with bloggers like myself surprised 1,000 teachers with a total of $1 million worth of school supplies.  Since 2007, A Day Made Better and other OfficeMax Goodworks programs have contributed more than $25 million in grants and supplies to support more than 31,000 teachers and their classrooms.  Additionally, through the annual event, OfficeMax has helped its nonprofit partner secure funding for more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.  Learn more at

While the entire staff of my local elementary school is most definitely deserving of a treat such as this, I selected an incredible woman named Mrs. Mills.  Last year I had the pleasure of volunteering in her classroom once a month, and she impressed me with her devotion to her students, her gentle manner of handling all situations, and most importantly, her gift for reaching every child across all ability levels with a notable skill and level of patience that blew me away.

Yesterday we headed over to the school with our box of goodies and a comfy new desk chair to surprise Mrs. Mills…


The entire first grade (squee!!!) filed into her classroom, only she had no idea why.  Was this a fire drill?  A special meeting she didn’t know about?  Her daughter was even allowed to join in the celebration.  I got the classroom’s attention with the clap, clap, clap-clap-clap trick (note: this will not work in your home), and explained to everyone that we were there to thank Mrs. Mills for all that she does to keep her first graders safe, happy, and learning every single year.

She was surprised, but even better, she was overjoyed…


It was like Christmas, but in an office supply store!  Now it’s YOUR turn.  One Resourceful Mommy reader will win a $100 gift card to donate to a deserving teacher where they live.  We want to keep the A Day Made Better love flowing.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling me about the teacher you’d like to surprise with this gift card.  That’s it!

Entries will close October 13th at 11:59 p.m. ET, and the winner will be notified via email.  Good luck!

And thank you once again to Mrs. Mills for being an incredible teacher.



Disclaimer: OfficeMax donated the classroom supplies that I received and donated to the teacher.  The gift card featured in this giveaway is also provided by OfficeMax and will be sent to the winner directly. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.



  1. 41
    Susan Christy says:

    My carpool buddy is married to a teacher, so I would give this to Mrs. Dayton.

  2. 42
    Wild Orchid says:

    I would love to surprise my son’s awesome preschool teacher! She goes through so many supplies, especially easel pads, finger paint, and washable markers. His teacher would totally deserve this gift.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  3. 43

    One of my best friends teaches special ed to high school kids, the kids that are dismissed as troublemakers, problem children and not worth much of an effort by previous educators who struggled to get through to them. When they come to him, they’re distrustful, some of them belligerent, most aren’t able to read well, at half their grade level, or critically. When they leave, most have learned how to read texts critically, write enthusiastically and engage in intelligent discourse. He encourages them to read as much as they can and provides a library out of his own pocket. I would love to give him this gift to help.
    Jackie recently posted..Face/Off: A Huffle and his duck

  4. 44

    That is wonderful! I would love to help out my daughter’s teacher like that.

  5. 45

    With 2 generations of children, we have met, helped, loved & become friends with many educators. Constantly going into their own pocket to help my children, my neighbors, & our own town. Being an educator is an incredible undertaking. Not just the educational lessons plans they must follow, but life lessons as well. The social & emotional acceptance taught to our children will make for a better world. Mr. Goldstein & his assistant, Ms. Rappaport would be over joyed with a gift from Office Max. The students, our children, would certainly benefit in the long run. Rewarding teachers for all they do, is a lesson no child would forget.

  6. 46

    I would love to be able to treat our Kindergarten teacher to a day made better. She has so much patience with kids who are trying to love learning and reading.

  7. 47

    This is SOOOO awesome! I’d love to surprise my son’s teacher like this!!
    aimee @ smilingmama recently posted..Good Stuff

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    Nicole Larsen says:

    I would give them to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. She could use paper, pencils, markers, scissors, and colored pencils

  9. 49
    soha molina says:

    My daughter’s teacher would love it.

  10. 50

    I would love to be able to help out my son’s teacher Mrs.Wallace from day 1 of school she always has a smile on her face. My son is repeating 2nd grade due to his adhd . There have been times that I have taken him to school super hyper so early in the morning. And she tells me ” I know how to handle it, he will be okay.” It is such a relief for me to hear those words. So far my son is passing all his classes (fingers crossed he passes to 3rd grade). She always has this positive attitude and smile on her face. I know she would be beyond thrilled to receive this office max gift card . P.S I have heard her talking to this one child after school telling him I believe in you.

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would love to suprise my best friend with this. She is a first grade teacher!

  12. 52
    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would like to suprise my sister who is a teacher.

  13. 53

    I would like to give this to mrs. Wilson at teacher at our school

  14. 54

    My sister, Mrs. Gaetani! She teaches elementary special education in the NY Public School system and spends so much of her own money on supplies for activities and decorations for the class, and the school doesn’t fund her with nearly enough. She is so good at what she does and truly cares about the children. I admire her so much!

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