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A Day Made Better with OfficeMax
One of the best benefits of being a blogger is being able to give back. I started this blog to write and then one of the side benefits was all of the philanthropic opportunities that have come my way. I feel like Oprah sometimes but of course, on a much smaller scale.
Ever since my children began attending public school several years ago, I have made it my mission to see what I could provide for the classroom so the teachers did not have to spend their own money.
Teachers are really incredible! They touch so many lives every day and open the doors to opportunity in every way, shape and form. I’ve gotten to know my kids’ teachers over the past few years and have seen first hand their incredible contributions.
With school budgets cuts, teachers are taking matters into their own hands by purchasing their own classroom materials. According to the National Education Association, teachers are spending about $1,000 each year on supplies for their class, which is pretty astonishing. Can you imagine if your job asked you to bring your own tape, scissors, and paper? There would be a backlash, but somehow, teachers have silently picked up the tab…until now.
That’s why I’ve joined the Max Moms for Teachers program to help create awareness and give back to teachers. The Max Moms are working in collaboration with the national “A Day Made Better” cause founded by OfficeMax and nonprofit Adopt-A- Classroom to help erase teacher-funded classrooms. Annually in October, they host a national event that recognizes and rewards over 1,000 teachers with a total of $1 million in school supplies to help alleviate the financial burden and thank them for their hard work.
This is actually my second year participating in the event.
Last year we got to surprise my son's beloved Kindergarten teacher with a generous $100 gift card from OfficeMax. I was so excited to be able to do this. This teacher was just switched from Kindergarten to fourth grade because they really needed her there. So she had to build a new classroom for herself. This required a lot of resources.
We picked Mrs. Spears because she is passionate, dedicated and she works hard to make certain her classroom has everything they need to succeed. It was my pleasure to present her with these office supplies.
This year’s national surprise event took place today on October 4 at 10 am local time where 1000 teachers nationwide were surprised in their classrooms with a total of $1 million in school supplies from OfficeMax. What a huge, amazing surprise!
How you can Get Involved in A Day Made Better.
Disclosure: I am part of the Max Moms for Teachers campaign and was not compensated for this post. The school supplies were provided by OfficeMax as part of its cause for teachers. I just love giving back to teachers whenever I can.