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.


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  • What a great way to give to a teacher! I would love to give a gift to my son’s kindergarten teacher. She has been amazing working with him and us to help him with his Sensory Processing Disorder. She has gone above and beyond to help him succeed.

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Office Max is doing!! What an honor for you to be in on the surprise! I am sure Mrs. Mills is FAR more grateful than she can even express!

    I would give the gift card to Ms. Escobedo.

  • Ohmygosh, I am crying happy former teacher tears! Office Max, you rock!

  • I only know one teacher right now and that’s my son’s 2nd grade teacher. She has been absolutely great working with him this year and we haven’t had any serious behavioral issues this year! I know she could easily make use of a gift card for her classroom!

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

  • Mami2jcn

    I have a friend who is a kindergarten teacher that I’d like to surprise.

  • anne hill

    i would surprise my sister who is a teacher & always paying for things out of her own pocket!

  • Our school is on the verge of closing and no amount of fund raising will ever cover the amount of school supplies, technology, or cost of books to meet the demand of our students, as most of our students are given substantial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition. Ms. Fitzgerald, of St. Angela Merici School has paid for student supplies from her own pocket on numerous occasions. Her giving spirit and love of her students shows each day as she teaches her very diverse students. It would be an honor to thank her in this way.

  • I am the teacher that I would like to get this. Not for me though, rather for my students. There are many things that I cannot purchase for my classroom because I am a single mom and hate taking things out of my son’s life for the classroom. There are so many things that I would love for my students to enjoy. The thing that they love the most is colored pens. I would love to get a bunch of those for them. There are many things that they need, but we make do with what we have. I would go CRAZY for this!

  • Lindsay O.

    I would surprise my daughters K teacher! We are very urban here and she works at what you would call an inner city school, so she and her students would definitely benefit! Thank you!

  • Jessie C.

    I would like to surprise DD’s teacher. I know she would put it in good use.

  • Cindy Brooks

    I’d love to surprise my friend who is a teacher in Moore, OK at Broadmoore. Her sister is a teacher at Plaza Towers. They lost everything in the tornado. I’d love to surprise them with this giftcard!

  • Ashleigh Gunter

    I would love to surprise my son’s 4K teachers. He only goes to school for about 2 1/2 hours everyday but he has learned SO much! They teach the kids so much in the little amount of time they have with the kids. I know they could use it for their classroom. They can add to their collection of great methods on teaching the kids! Thanks for the chance! Absolutely wonderful what they are doing for teachers!!

  • @mom4everandever

    I would love to give this to Mr H, who I know takes his own money and buys supplies- we all try to help but so many are out of work- so he does not ask the parents when they know they cannot afford. He too brings furniture like stools and shelves from home- sad isn’t it.

  • Cindi

    My best friend’s daughter just began teaching kindergarten
    in a poor school district! Her daughter would be thrilled to
    be surprised with this fabulous gift certificate!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • JoeyfromSC

    that’s SO sweet of you & OfficeMax! I can tell she was overjoyed!

    I’d gift this to & surprise my Godson’s teacher!! She really takes up extra time with him and is the best teacher he has had since kindergarten! thank you for the chance to pay it forward & brighten someone’s day!


  • Tabathia B

    My daughters AIG teacher could use this gift card towards supplies

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • I’m a 4k teacher at a Title 1 elementary school. I’d give the gift card to my next door “neighbor”. This is my first year in 4k and she has totally taken me under her wing to support me/make me better! 🙂

  • My son’s computer teacher 🙂

  • I would present it to my son’s former high school. They could definitely use it.

  • I’d donate it to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. She has to supply so many supplies for her class, it is crazy

  • Sus

    Would love this for a dear K teacher, Ms. Tammie. Budgets are tight and I know she purchases a lot out of her own pocket for her classroom.

  • Deb Anderson

    There are many deserving teachers in my area, but one stands out. Ms. Jones teaches special education students at a very rural small elementary school in a very high-poverty community. There is no extra money for anything approaching “supplies” for her classroom. Whatever her students have to work with has been purchased by Ms. Jones herself. I would love to surprise her with a gift card to help out with those supplies. Great program!

  • Wonderful, that would be so much fun to do, thank you for sharing the experience.

    I asked my son and though he would say his homeroom teacher, but he said Mrs. Richmond, his 4th grade teacher was “the nicest most fun teacher ever”, so who am I to argue? It’s a Title 1 school, high poverty area.

  • Both of my daughters have terrific teachers that just do so much. I would let my girls decide which teacher they wanted to give it too ( probably my younger daughters teacher as my old daughter had her last year and they both love her!

  • I don’t have kids in school, but I do have a couple friends who teach in North Carolina. Its such a thankless job, and I’m inspired by how devoted they are to their students.

  • There’s a teacher at our local high school who gives and gives and gives to those kids. Even using a LOT of her own financial resources. So much so, that I wonder if her job benefits her much financially at all. She’s my choice.

  • Jennifer

    My mother in law! She has been a teacher for so long and always has to bring in supplies from her home!

  • happymomc

    My daughter’s K4 teacher, she is so loving and gives so much of her self to her students!

  • This is such a cool idea. So happy you got to take part and make someone else’s day special. (Like you do anyway!)

  • Amanda Starr

    Although school has not been in session that long my daughter adores her 4th grade teacher. She had a very rough year last year where she missed a ton of school and was even hospitalized for awhile. She started not liking school as much and having a hard time going towards the end of the year. Her teacher now has rekindled her love of school, reading and writing so I’m very grateful to her!

  • I would love to surprise Ms Sophia. At meet the teacher she showed such enthusiasm and spends a great deal of time and money into her classroom.

  • We recently moved back to the United States, and My daughter’s second grade teacher, Ms. Wagner, has gone above and beyond to transition her to English school after 4 years of attending school in another language. She gives me daughter extra one on one reading instruction. She gives additional resources to help her transition to reading and writing english

  • nannypanpan

    i’d donate to my sons teacher form last yr she was great and changed grade levels this yr so I am sure needs new supplies
    [email protected]

  • Nicole Larsen

    My daughter’s previous preschool teacher last year deserves that $100 gift card. She was an amazing teacher that went all out for the kids and made sure they were learning constantly, but in a fun way. She always paid for things out of pocket if there wasn’t money from the preschool.

  • Jennifer Marie

    I would love to donate to my son’s current first grade teacher.
    She is really working hard with the kids and they need some new supplies to make learning fun.

  • I would love to give this to my sister. She has been teaching for over 30 years. Recently she had to start working part-time so she could move in with my Mom and help care for her. She did it with a smile, even though I know she really misses her full-time position. She is devoted to her students and spends so much money on things the school cannot afford!

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Love To Give This Special Gift To My Daughters 3rd Grade Teacher Mrs. Sullivan, She Is So Caring, Giving , And A Wonderful Teacher. She Does A Lot For The Class Buying Supplies Out Of Pocket, Tutoring During Her Lunch Hour. Mrs. Sullivan Deserves A Gift To Show Her How Much We Appreciate All Her Hard Work! 🙂

  • I would absolutely love to surprise one of the teachers who played an integral part in my daughter’s love for reading. She also instilled a happiness and sense of commitment to my daughter throughout the year… something you don’t always see in teachers… Mrs Bong at Rum River Elementary in Andover, MN deserves this gift card as She was purchasing books out of her pocket / own for the children to dive into, I think it would benefit her greatly to have a surprise in office gift card! Thanks:)


    I would love to surprise my older sons teacher because she is incredibly dedicated and has really managed to boost his confidence along with his desire to learn.

  • Elena

    My sister-in-law is a teacher. I would give it to her

  • Susan Christy

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

  • Wild Orchid

    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

  • 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.

  • Macey

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

  • Jane m

    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.

  • Sadie B.

    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.

  • This is SOOOO awesome! I’d love to surprise my son’s teacher like this!!

  • Nicole Larsen

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

  • soha molina

    My daughter’s teacher would love it.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Sakovitz

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

  • Thomas Murphy

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

  • laurie

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

  • 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!