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.
The 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 AdoptAClassroom.org secure funding for more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide. Learn more at adaymadebetter.com.
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.
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.