Once upon a time, I was a third grade teacher. I had fairy tale ideas of what teaching would be like. Reality struck when I got my own classroom. Starting from scratch was very costly and went way over the small budget the school district gave me to fund my room. My teacher’s salary was on the low end anyway… so any time I had to dig into my pocket it was somewhat painful. I quickly found that this is more of the norm that an exception.
Office Max contacted me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Max Moms for teachers program to help create awareness and give back to teachers. The Max Moms are working to help promote “A Day Made Better” cause founded by OfficeMax and nonprofit Adopt-A-Classroom to help erase teacher-funded classrooms. October 4th, Office Max surprised 1,000 teachers nationwide with $1,000 in school supplies. Teachers were nominated by their principals for going above and beyond in the classroom. This total of $1 million in school supplies is meant to help alleviate the financial burden and thank teachers for their hard work.
I was fortunate enough to join in the fun of giving. Office Max sent me a Day Made Better box with approximately $100 in supplies to surprise a home town teacher. Looking through the box I knew that these particular items would have been helpful in my 3rd grade classroom and I knew just the teacher I wanted to gift this to.
It took some work, our schedules didn’t mesh well, but I was able to surprise her at her home Wednesday night. She mentioned she had noticed some posters/boxes in Office Max but wasn’t completely aware of the promotion. She was beyond delighted to be the recipient of this gift. As I left her house I could still hear her squeals of delight while chattering with her husband. Being able to participate in this left me smiling all night long.
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