A Day Made Better

Last week OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers across the country with a total of $1 million in classroom supplies, thanking them for their hard work and dedication in the classroom.

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 will surprise 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.

OfficeMax a day made better
I was given an exclusive opportunity to make a difference in my community by surprising a deserving teacher in our community. We chose to honor Noah’s 1st grade teacher on behalf of OfficeMax, so Ray and I wheeled in a posh desk chair with the huge box o’ goodies sitting on top. In the box were school supllies, a Kindle Fire, a digital camera, and more. Boy, was Mrs. Youngblood surprised!

OfficeMax is offering a $100 gift card to one of my lucky friends, so you too may join in the cause and surprise a teacher in your community. All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me about your child’s teacher and why you think he/she deserves to be honored. I will randomly choose a winner from the comments on October 21st, and the gift card will be sent out.

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. Roxann says

    My sons special ed teacher is great. She really teaches and cares about the kids. She doesn’t just go through the motions. My son has learned a lot and is very happy with her.

  2. hallie p says

    Like many districts in the country here in Palm Beach County they are slimming our childrens school budgets every year, more and more. This leaves the teachers having to pick up the slack and down here in Florida their pay is horrid. At my daughters open house last week her teacher took the time to tell us a little about herself. Four kids, kindergarten teacher for 10 years, and struggling with the ever growing demands from the board. A wishlist was written on a large pad of paper in the room. I donated a small amount of money, wishing I could do more. I am a single young mother with a low paying job and no education beyond high school. So I took to the blog community looking for contests and sweepstakes that benefit teachers and started entering! Thanks for supporting our teachers!

  3. Bonnie W says

    So many teachers are so underpaid & yet spend their own money to purchase supplies that schools no longer provide them with. I think this is a wonderful program.

  4. Deb Esling says

    I would definitely give this to my son’s Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Davies. Not only is she a dedicated, joyful and compassionate teacher … but she has been an advocate for getting assistance for the students in her classroom that need a little extra assistance. She submitted a “summary of concern” for my boy because he has trouble with fine motor skills and she just didn’t have enough time during the school day to give him the focused attention he sometimes needs. And when the school decided to take a “wait and see” attitude, she called me in for a conference to see what WE could do since the school itself isn’t going to help. As a mom, I really appreciate her dedication to doing what is best for her students, even when it means going above and beyond!

  5. Betty says

    My daughter is in the Robotics club and the teacher is so motivating – the kids go thru a wide range of supplies like LEDs and various size batteries that are above and beyond your typical teacher needs.

  6. Susan Smith says

    My daughters 6th grade teacher was a very caring teacher that was very helpful to my daughter. She spend extra time with her and was always available to answer our emails or calls.

  7. Jammie says

    My daughter’s teacher is the bomb, she always goes out of her way to help others! Did I mention my daughter is homeschooled. :) We are in need or art supplies so it would be put to great use.

  8. Rebekah Miyata says

    We just moved to the US from Japan, and my son’s second grade teacher has been so welcoming and supportive. She is a veteran teacher; one of the parents in our class was taught by her! So she’s really paid her dues.

  9. Shirley Hicks says

    My son is in a lifeskills class, his teacher and her helper are very caring . They visits the classroom children and keep in contact with them over the summer. They go out of their way to be in the childrens lives. They keep in contact with me,about my child….they are more like family than teachers.

  10. Nicole says

    Their language arts teacher is always using creative ways to make learning fun. She turns it into a game and makes it very interactive to keep them interested, and it works!

  11. Nancy says

    My niece just started teaching and is doing so well. She is trying so hard to make a difference in every one of her students to help them along. She deserves to be honored for the effort and time she commits to them.

  12. Sarah VM says

    I can’t say enough good things about my daughter’s teacher this year. She is so caring and amazing with the kids. She goes out of her way to stay in close communication with the parents. I wish my daughter could have her every year!

  13. Lori C Sauriol Cosgrove says

    My Granddaughter, Gabi, is in kindergarten. Her teacher, Mrs. Lawlor, so obviously enjoys her time with the students. Gabrielle is advanced in reading and math, and her teacher arranged for her to go to a first grade class for those subjects. Gabi was not comfortable missing out on lunch and other time with her classmates, and, understanding the importance of social skills as well as academic ones, after discussions with Gabi’s parents, Mrs. Lawlor arranged for a one on one instructor for Gabi to have for math and reading so she could still be a part of her class for everything. She’s so warm and enthusiastic; it’s easy to see Mrs. Lawlor loves her time as a teacher.

  14. kathy pease says

    My sons teacher mrs B is such a fantastic lady she has so much patience and always takes the time to give each student extra help in explaing things they dont quite understand. she is just an overall great lady and is well respected by so many.

  15. tracey johnson says

    my daughter’s teacher is going through a rough time. He still comes and teaches the kids choir while he use an electronic speaking device. He is a great person

  16. mariem says

    we homeschool- i have a sophmore in hs and a daughter in college- this gc would be a great help in buying supplies!

  17. CharityS says

    My son has a wonderful science teacher, and she could really use the extra supplies in class. She’s working within such a tight budget, and I would love to contribute to her need for more school supplies.

  18. Kristen says

    Our favorite teacher is the drama teacher….she teaches so many life skills along with acting and putting on shows.

  19. Julieh says

    My kids teacher deserves to be honored because she is always so positive and she lives teaching. Her attitude makes learning fun for the students.

  20. Richard Hicks says

    Our son’s 6th grade teacher should be honored. She takes extra time for students having trouble and goes out of her way.
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  21. says

    My son’s kindergarten teacher’s name is Mrs. Lombardi. She could really use this $100 gift card. Her classroom is bare because she is supposed to move classrooms, so she hasn’t decorated it yet. There is nothing on the walls, desks, or anything.
    mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com

  22. Jill Myrick says

    I would gift this to my sons third grade teach, Mrs. Knutte.
    She always goes above and beyond for all of her students by purchasing snacks for those that have none, paying for field trips for children that are unable to and purchasing extra school supplies for those that cannot purchase them for themselves.
    Although there are several of us that are more than happy to help with these things she takes most of it on herself without ever saying word. I know that she would make really good use of this gift card.


  23. Christian Alejandro says

    Well my little sister’s teacher is incredible. She’s known to stay available for at least an hour or two every day after school for anyone who needs help with their homework, tutoring, or would like to learn more advanced math. She is truly one of those teachers you know love what they do and have a passion in aiding those little growing brains!

  24. randi cook says

    My daughter has a math teacher who has not only help her greatly with her math by tutoring her. She has also been a great support and ally to my daughter who suffers from panic attacks! She has come to her aid several times even though she is no longer personally her teacher any more.

  25. Tim Moss says

    We don’t have children so I can’t answer this question. However, with that being said, I’d still like to be included in this drawing. Remember, not everyone has kids & I don’t feel that we should be excluded..

  26. Blessie Nelson says

    My daughter’s kindergarten teacher is committed to quality education. I love how she takes the time to nurture the children in my daughter’s class and stay overtime too!

  27. joseph gersch says

    my daughters science teacher always encourages my daughter, uses examples and fun interesting ways to teach

  28. Sara S says

    My daughter’s teacher is a dream! She works hard everyday to help my daughter conquer her dyslexia. She spends so much time and energy on each student!

  29. Pam H. says

    My child’s teacher is extremely patient and I like how she encourages her students. She deserves to be honored for teaching Kindergarten – I don’t know how she stays sane.

  30. debbie says

    The teacher I’d like to surprise is not my child’s teacher, but my child who is a teacher! This is her first year teaching and starting a classroom is phenomenally expensive. She is excited, motivated, and loves her students. It’s a difficult time to be a teacher with all of the new regulations and changes but she is positive each and every day. This would be a tremendous boost to her beginning her career.

  31. katherine says

    My child’s math teacher really goes the extra mile – kids get extra help before or after class whenever they need it.

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Adrianne B says

    My child’s preschool teacher is always creating new materials for the children to use based on their developing interests and abilities. She must work many hours at home on her own time to create them! I admire her ability to connect to my child, as well as all her students, and I appreciate her dedication and hard work. I know that she and her family live modestly, so this gift card would really be helpful for her and her classroom.

  33. susan smoaks says

    our daughter’s teacher deserves this because she always uses her personal money to buy things for the classroom. she is very kind and she treats the kids like they are her very own.

  34. Diana Hatch says

    My daughter is a 5th grade school teacher and deserves to be honored! The kids love her and she loves them!

  35. says

    I think my son’s teacher should be recognized because he’s always there with guidance and support. I”ve never heard him say no to anything that’s asked from him.

  36. kathy dalton says

    My grandson’s kindergarten teacher is incredible. She teaches the children to have the right attitude and sets a great example. She treats one child a month who has been showing great manners and helpfulness to other students to a kiids meal at Chick fila and gives them a certifivate as well.

  37. says

    My son’s teacher has been amazing at communicating with us about what is happening at school and making sure we stay active in our son’s education too. At the beginning of the year, there was a supply item, makeup bag for supplies, that was really difficult to find around here. She did her best to keep parents up-to-date on where they could be found so that everyone could get the necessary supplies.

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  38. Glenna F says

    My daughter’s teacher stays after school twice a week on her own time to tutor kids that are having a hard time in Math. She is not paid for this time it is something that she does simply because she cares.

  39. says

    I don’t have a child, but I would love to win this to surprise my mother who is a preschool teacher. With all the budget cuts, they no longer have the supplies they need to truly educate the children they teach… I would love to surprise her with new supplies so she can prepare her students for Kindergarten and the world of learning. She is so passionate about her work and talks about her students all the time, I would love to see her receive a well-deserved gift like this to provide for her students and classroom.
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  40. Kristin Sawatzke says

    My daughters teacher always goes above and beyond! She took the time to see that my daughter was really bored with her work and got her tested to find out she is gifted and was moved to their gifted program. she does so well and likes school again:)

  41. says

    My son’s Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Carter just came back to teaching after raising her children-she was a Preschool teacher prior. My son was so nervous about his first day of school, but he immediately loved her. She is gentle yet can get them under control in a way that is beneficial yet not too stern. To not control a young class can cause stress to the kids that don’t do well with chaos like my son. She really does a great job making learning fun and giving him a peaceful enviornment
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  42. Holly S. says

    My daughter’s 1st grade teacher, Miss Amy is such an active teacher. She captivates her class with her teaching style; really gets their attention and acts things out so that everyone will see exactly how the concepts work. She’s not afraid to jump up on the tables to do a happy math dance or make up a song and sing it loudly. She is fantastic and every student LOVES her! Thanks!

  43. courtney hennagir says

    This would be so great to win for my sons teacher.She spends quite a bit of her own money to make sure the kids have everything they need and always makes an extra effort to make learning fun.What a cool program this is!

  44. Dorothy Hubbard says

    I would send this to my daughter who lives in Calif and is a grade school teacher. She was just telling me that she was wondering if she could afford to buy school supplies to help out.

  45. John Joseph says

    Well the teacher goes above and beyond to make sure all her students are ok. If they forget lunch money she loans it to them until next day.

  46. DESIREE H says

    This teacher is a special education teacher. She is expecting a baby, too! I would LOVE to give this to her for her baby shower gift! She works very hard, studied hard in school, and is such a patient, loving teacher and person! Thank you

  47. Robyn Huffman says

    My daughter isn’t quite school age yet but she does attend therapy/daycare/school and I would love to surprise them. She started attending OT, PT and Speech back during the summer and her therapists and teachers have made such a huge difference in such a short amount of time. Our daughter has SPD (as well as food allergies) and I couldn’t get any daycare or preschool to accept her… was told she was too much of an added stress. Well, we found the perfect place for her and her therapists and teachers go above and beyond when working with her. Most of my daughter’s teachers/therapists purchase items themselves to have on hand for the children. From tablets to fun learning toys, if they come across something they know will help they purchase it out of pocket because they want the children to benefit from having what they need to learn. I know this would be amazing for them and would help them so much. Oh and if I have to pick just one… I would definitely say her Speech teacher :)

  48. Jen says

    I would surprise the art teacher at the elementary school. She buys almost every supply with her own funds…even gives up her summers to teach art camp (money goes back to school supplies) She sees 700+ kids a week and knows every single one of them by name. She is amazing.

  49. Becca Filley says

    My daughter’s language arts teacher makes learning fun and engaging. She also makes sure to send out sweet little post cards in the mail every couple weeks.

  50. Dawn Monroe says

    Im not good at telling stories but I will try to tell you about Mrs. Murdoch. I have six kids and four nieces/nephews that Mrs Murdoch helped get through middle school and high school. She always kept us informed, she always tried to help and she never looked down on us. She is a great teacher and now vice principale that deserves to be awarded.

  51. says

    My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and ODD, although I think the ADHD is a wrong diagnosis. Her teacher is the kindest teacher out there and she puts up with all of my daughter’s quirks/antics patiently (far more than I do!) and she deserves to be awarded.
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  52. Rosey says

    My son’s teacher takes extra care to ensure each child in her Kindergarten feels special, and she takes care to encourage their natural learning ability. I am always in awe of her ability to love each and every child the same, which is completely.

  53. Angela W says

    My daughters’ kindergarten teacher is one of the most amazing people I have ever meet. She loves teaching and the children she teaches. My little girl beams with joy every time I drop her off. I know that she is in the best hands and I’m eternally grateful for having her in our lives.

  54. Trisha McKee says

    Not so much teacher, but principal, because she is always there for my daughter and while she strictly follows procedures, she takes the time to explain to my headstrong daughter why the rules do indeed need to be followed. She took the time to understand that with my precocious daughter, you need to explain things to her and not simply brush her off as some misbehaving child.

  55. laurie says

    I think mrs. Wilson deserve this because she is the best teacher at her school, she is loved by children and teachers and parents. she spends her money on thing for the class or if a student needs something she there.

  56. Lanicsha Wynn says

    My daughters 5th grade teacher deserves to be honored because she goes above and beyond, she always challanges her kids, which is great because they will all be entering middle school next year, she takes time out to cater to kids individually to ensure that everyone is on the same level…no child left behind. She is very interactive with the parents and always keep us involved in what’s going on in her class. As of now her class has the overall highest grades out of all the 5th grade classes. My daughter comes home from school everyday with a smile on her face.

  57. Mary Liptak says

    My son David was a 6th grade student last year, but was placed in 7th grade math. His teacher, Mrs. Donini, went out of her way to make sure that David was comfortable with the other kids in the class, and he soared through the year with her and mastered the class. David is now in the 7th grade, and has Mrs. Donini for homeroom, and he couldn’t be happier about it!

  58. Luna S says

    My favorite teachers are the ones who take the time to spend time with EACH child no just the class room as a whole. That means the most <3

  59. meme says

    My nephews 5th grade teacher deserves to be honored because she goes out of her way to make sure her students get the best education she can give them like by making sure all her kids can go on the field trips even the ones whose parents can’t afford it. One time she had a child who she noticed all ways had a problem in the afternoons concentrating and was always angry. She found out that the child got free lunch but didn’t like what they had so he wasn’t eating and his family couldn’t afford to pack his lunch so she found out what he liked and packed him a lunch everyday.

  60. Sue Hull says

    My daughter is grown. I know a teacher who lives in my apt. complex. She is a hard working underpaid teacher. In the summer she doesn’t work and doesn’t get unemployment because she’s not a certified teacher. She went to school for 4 years and graduated but is unable to find the kind of job she wants. I think she deserves to be honored for all the kids she teaches. She’s such a lovely lady and just a great person. Thank you :)

  61. alena svetelska says

    my son speech teacher is great,she always help my son in any area he need,even though he get flustrated at times.She had all my 3 kids and must say thanks to her they talk excelent,must say too much at times;-)

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