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. D SCHMIDT says

    I think my oldest son’s teacher deserves recognition because she has really inspired him, brought him out of his shell and generally made him enjoy going to school.

  2. Tonja says

    The person I would recommend for this giveaway from OfficeMax is not a teacher in a school, but a daycare provider that teaches preschool. She is a giving woman who uses her own funds to provide supplies to teach children skills before entering the school system and doesn’t complain about it. Teachers are given discounts when buying in bulk at many places where daycare/preschool providers are not because they do not have the educational degree. This “teacher” to my children treats her “students” like her own children and many of them pass their entrance exams to get into the school systems with above average scores. I would nominate her for her kindness, generosity and giving attitude to her “students” when asking for nothing in return except a hug at the end of the day.

  3. Linda Stewart says

    When I first met Peyton’s teacher I was totally and completely scared to death that he would come home horrified and hate his teacher. She’s an older woman and I just didn’t see her and Peyton ‘meshing’ or being able to get along. BOY was I fooled. Peyton adores his teacher and she adores him. He struggles with attention issues and has a ‘not so healthy’ past which affects his behavior. While he isn’t a bad little boy by any means, he is a handful. His teacher told me recently that she is drawn to Peyton because he reminders he so much of her oldest son. She is awesome with kids and she knows how to maintain a 1st grade classroom without drama and issue.

  4. Nicole Larsen says

    My daughter’s kindergarten teacher deserves this. She is fantastic with the kiddos and always puts lots of time and effort into projects with the kids. I know she would love a little extra to buy paper, pencils, scissors, markers and more! I also know for a fact that she buys lots of school items with her own money!

  5. Katherine says

    I would have to split it between two teachers. Both of my children have fantastic teachers this year. Their 2nd and 4th grade teachers really care about the students and want to help out each child individually.

  6. Leah Bush says

    As a homeschooling mom of 6 kids, it is not often that my kids have other “teachers.” This year I decided to send my two little ones to preschool to give me some time to teach my big kids with no interruptions. Their teacher is amazing and my boys love going to school. They have enjoyed all the little things she does to make their day amazing. The smiles on their faces when I pick them up to their constant questions of “Am I going to Ms. Kim’s school today?” helps me to know they are in great hands! She allows me to be a better teacher to my older kids because I know they love being there and I am confident in her. Hands down, she deserves a special gift!

  7. Tanya White says

    My daughters teacher is wonderful, she not only teaches my daughter about school subjects but she also teaches her about life. Yesterday she taught them about brushing their teeth properly and today my daughter overheard one of her siblings say the word “hate” and my daughter says “Hate is a strong word, use detest” I asked her where she learned that and she said her teacher taught her that.

  8. Shannon Baas says

    I would use it for my son’s kindergarten teacher. He is struggling and she is spending a lot of extra time with him.

  9. Margaret Smith says

    My son is in special ed for having reading difficulties. He’s had the same teacher on and off since he was in first grade. He’s now in eighth grade and lucked out to have the same teacher once again. She has helped him so much with his reading. For the past three years, he’s made straight honor roll. Just a week ago, we spoke to the child study team and they have hopes of having him get out of the special ed program. Honestly, this teacher, really has helped him progress throughout the past years and we owe her a debt of gratitude.

  10. Natasha says

    My son’s teacher is amazing because she spends so much time with each child and really works on each child’s needs. She is also so kind and generous – I would love to give her this!

  11. Lisa Brown says

    My son’s 1st grade teacher is the beat. So patient with him and she has a way of getting though to him, the material he needs to learn.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  12. Danielle Porter says

    I don’t have a child, but I have 3 teachers in my family and they all spend their own money on their classes and care about their students a great deal!!!

  13. Janet W. says

    I think my grandson’s preschool teacher deserves this prize because she has been incredible to him. He is extremely shy and would cry every day for the first month because he didn’t want to go to school. She was so patient with him and caring. She got him feeling comfortable at school and away from his mommy and is now learning so much and excited about going to school.

  14. Melissa B. says

    I think my daughter’s band teacher should be nominated because he does such a great job teaching kids how to play different instruments. He works with grades 6 thru 12 and still manages to be so happy and energetic that he’s actually one of the students all time favorite teachers.

  15. Kelly D says

    My son’s teacher deserves to be honored because he is having a great year, and learning so much. She keeps everything running smoothly, which I know also means purchasing supplies out of her own money to use for class. I send in supplies to help when I can.

  16. debbie says

    My son has been sick for several months and missed a lot of school. His teacher has been so understanding and made sure that my son was not worried about making up the work, just about getting better.

  17. Nicole Brenay says

    I do not have a child but I am an aide for a 5th grade teacher. I believe she could use the extra help with supplies. She she is always talking about the things she spends her own money, but she always replys, ” but the kids need it.” She is a wonderful teacher and the kids love her. I hope I can help her out a little financially.

  18. says

    My mom is a special education teacher who is incredibly passionate about her job. She dedicates more hours than she gets paid for into her work, like all teachers, I think. She works so hard for kids that many people dismiss as hopeless causes and very often makes a huge difference in their lives.
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  19. says

    I think my niece would be a great teacher to get this! She is so dedicated and committed…she loves her students and they love her. She works in a very challenging school (and community), and she goes in there, every day, with a smile, and with the determination to make a difference. It’s so uplifting. Last year, she and her parents “adopted” one of the families, and bought them a video game system and all kinds of toys and gifts — and it was just, amazing.
    Kristin @ Keenly Kristin´s last blog post ..9thandElm.com: Handmade, Independent, or Otherwise Cool

  20. Helga says

    She should be chosen because she is so supportive of her students and spends a lot of time with them individually according to their unique learning style and personality.

  21. Stacy D. says

    I believe my son’s teacher deserves this! She’s ALWAYS spending way more of her own money than what she should to give the kids the best opportunities possible! She plays a huge role in my sons life and he really looks up to her!

  22. Jessica Lukosavich says

    I’d love this gift card for myself. I’m a special education teacher in a low-income, urban public school in Chicago. My kids range from 1st to 8th grade and have a wide range of disabilities. Many have problems with learning, attention, and behavior that require intensive interventions. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t have everything we need to be able to provide all the supports at this time. With many school closings in Chicago at the end of last school year, our school received an influx of new students that we were not expecting and we also had a budget cut, as did most CPS schools. This means that most teachers, myself included, have had to dig deep in their own pockets in order to provide basic classroom supplies. This gift card would allow me to be able to purchase more of the materials that my students need to be successful in school.

  23. Lori Davis says

    I think my daughter’s Language Arts and Reading teacher, Mr Dessi, deserves something special because he is very dedicated to his students. He has a love of reading and teaching, and is genuinely interested in seeing the kids grow and learn! I knew from the day I first met Mr Dessi, that my daughter would do well in his class! I also have to give him credit for the long classes that he teaches (they have 2 periods back-to-back and that equals around 2 hours!) He is very kind, patient, and communicates openly with parents! I would love to see Mr Dessi win, he could really use it for his classroom! They always need supplies!

  24. Erika W. says

    I would actually drive two hours to Savannah to surprise my daughter’s 3rd grade teacher. My daughter is now in 6th grade. Her 3rd grade teacher has been teaching for over 20 years. The school my daughter attended was partially on the military base we were stationed at. A lot of the non-military kids that attended the school were from low-income families. My daughter’s teacher used a lot of her own funds to pay for everyday supplies for kids (pencils, paper, etc) that their parents were unable to supply them with. I know there are a lot of teachers out there who do this but this teacher was just special. She was tough on kids but only because she wanted them to be their best. My daughter really learned during 3rd grade how important it was for her to just do her work and try her best and teachers would see that and appreciate it.

  25. says

    My daughters teacher is a great person. She takes the extra time out to make sure that nit just my child, but everyone elses child, is prepared for and understands the work at hand. She has a great level of communication with the parents and she almost always emails or call us when she feels that out child needs a little more attention. I wish that more teachers were like this. As a matter of fat, I wish that we as a while respected teachers moe than we do !
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  26. Amy Honious says

    i do not have a teacher, but a school that would benefit from this program. my kids are all in college or older now, but they attended a local charter school named Dayton Early College Academy. They focused solely on academics and preparing the kids for the future. No sports, etc. The staff and teachers are all very encouraging but tough. My children benefited greatly by going there instead of the local public high school. thanks for such a grand and very useful giveaway!

  27. jules p says

    I would like to nominate my daughter’s music teacher. My daughter struggles with other classes, but once she started taking music classes, her entire life has changed. She functions a lot better in her math, writing and reading classes. Music has improved her outlook about herself and her self esteem is through the roof. I am thankful that our schools have a great music program. Music has made such a difference in my little girl

  28. Kali says

    Almost every single one of my in-laws are teachers – and my father-in-law deserves a fun shopping spree at OfficeMax more than anyone. He came to teaching later in his life; he worked as a manager of a retail establishment for over 20 years before he went back to school to get his teaching degree. He has been so happy and grateful to have been given the chance to make his calling into a career, and he shows his gratitude by giving everything he has to the kids he teaches. He’s been teaching at-risk students from low-income families in middle school science for about six years now, and he’s so passionate about instilling a love of learning in each of them. He’s always gone above and beyond what’s expected and more than putting his time and effort into his classes, he’s spent a lot of his own money, too. He not only buys everyday supplies needed for some projects and experiments, but he also makes sure every child has basic school supplies. I know he would put an OfficeMax gift card to really excellent use.

  29. Amanda Sakovitz says

    My best friend is a first grade teacher and I would love to surprise her with this so she can buy supplies for her classroom.

  30. Diana Bockheim says

    My daughter’s second grade teacher is the best. She givesach child respect and really cares about the kids. She is fun and makes learning fun for my daughter.

  31. Tabitha P. says

    I wouldn’t give it to my dd teacher at all….
    But I would give it to the library lady.
    She encourages the kids to read and treats them well.

  32. Erica says

    It would be my very best friend, the best teacher I’ve ever met in my life. She gives 100% of herself to her students and always goes above and beyond. Her creative methods of incorporating activities and games into learning allow her students to understand what they are learning (not just memorize facts).

  33. Amber says

    My daughter is in a gifted magnet program and her teacher is absolutely the best. She really allows the kids to explore their individual interests while still staying within the bounds of the curriculum. She makes learning fun for the kids, which I’ve seen firsthand when I’m chaperoning field trips. And she always encourages deeper learning, so the kids are really free to explore their passions.

  34. Stephanie V. says

    My son’s teacher has a heart of gold, gives her all with the resources available but needs more supplies to teach how she’d like. This gift card would truly help her!

  35. Terri Herman says

    My niece’s teacher is awesome! Not only does she take a personal interest in EVERY child, she also volunteers as cheer coach, teaches Sunday School, and participates in many local charities! She is truly a dream teacher!

  36. Colin Glendon says

    Our childs teacher goes above and beyond. Our kid goes to a charter school, and she makes regular check ups on her, and gives her books she knows she will find interesting. I wish all teachers were as thoughtful as her.

  37. Natalie says

    My mom is a teacher and deserves to be honored because she goes above and beyond the call of duty. She engages kids in art projects when other teachers don’t bother and researches neat math games!

  38. says

    I absolutely adore my daughter’s 4th grade teacher. She is her mama during the day, and she watches over and protects those kids like her own. She is every child’s advocate. This morning as I was dropping my daughter off, she said, “I got you all some erasers. Go get them out of the bag and pass one out to everyone.” She works as a teacher and then works a second job to make ends meet. I have never met someone so deserving of an Office Max donation. She is absolutely precious.
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  39. Patty White says

    My daughters teacher is Mrs. Burrs. She deserves to be honored because she came out of retirement to teach my daughters class after the original teacher had to leave for medical reasons and the school had no one at all to replace her with. So Mrs. Burrs volunteered to come back this year so the kids wouldn’t be crammed into another class.


  40. heather says

    I don’t have any kids yet but I sure know some great teacher who go out of their way to help their students. I sure had some great teachers growing up who really cared about all of their students and made learning a fun thing. I could really use this card thanks for the chance to win this one.

  41. Carolyn G says

    My friend Bonnie is a teacher and she deserves this because she is one of the most dedicated teachers I know.

  42. Anita says

    My nieces teacher has been able to transform
    This tyrant into a better girl. Her patience
    And kindness
    More than $100!!
    Imnotarunner at gmail dot com

  43. soha molina says

    My child has been lucky that she has had many wonderful teachers so far. I have to single one out though and that is her current teacher. He is very caring and takes the time out to interact with each student.

  44. Emily R. says

    Our older son’s special education teacher is truly a special teacher. She was his pre-k teacher & now his resource teacher. She also teaches him & other kids with special needs swimming lessons at our local YMCA.


    Both my children have the same teacher and fortunately they both love her. I’ve known her for many years and she’s compassionate and devoted. Its a great feeling knowing that she loves her job and it shows.

  46. RebeccaW says

    My kid’s teacher is great because she genuinely loves the kids in her class and gives of her time and attention to make sure that they are understanding and learning in their subjects.

  47. Maryann S. says

    I would love to surprise Miss D. the new 4th grade teacher at school. She has so much joy and you can see how much she inspires the kids to love learning and do their best. This is her first year teaching so I know between paying student loans and buying things for the classroom with her own money, this would be a blessing for her.

  48. Jennifer Rote says

    My son is in 5th grade and his teacher Ms. Simonds does such a great job. She goes above and beyond and helps children who’s parents don’t have the ability to buy supplies.

  49. Brooke says

    My sister in law is a teacher and spends lots of money out of her own pocket to make sure that her 3rd grade students get what they need supply wise. I would love to see her get this so she can continue to provide supplies for her students.

  50. Paige Chandler says

    My daughters 1st grade teacher is awesome. She takes time with each child and constantly communicated with us the parents

  51. steve weber says

    My nephew’s teacher has advanced my nephew’s skillsets.. he already learns things that a 3rd grader starts learning and he’s only 5!

  52. Jenny says

    I would give this to my son’s pre-k teacher. I really have never met a more patient, understanding and energetic teacher! She really seems to love what she does, and the kids in her class can see that too. If only every teacher where like her!

  53. Tamar says

    My son loves one of his teachers and drops everything to give her hugs. That means a lot to me since I can tell she truly instilled educational value and love in my child.

  54. mickeyfan says

    My kids are grown, but my late mother was a teacher. Several of her former co-workers are still teaching, and every year on her bday, I give a gift to her former school. This would just add a nice amount to that.

  55. Tabathia B says

    My daughter AIG is in her first year teaching with limited resources, teaches out of a mobile trailer and she doesn’t have all the tools she needs to teach students at such advanced work. She often borrows resources from the local college. But my daughter loves her and so does the rest of the students and she is really good

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  56. Alycia says

    My son’s pre-school teacher is fabulous – she’s really helped him grow over this past year and has the patience of a Saint!

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

  57. Serena Powell says

    I don’t have a child, however I would love to honor my 3rd grade teacher. She has been one of the biggest influences in my life. I started to really love education and learning when I was in her class. She has taught me so much and is very passionate about helping others learn. I’ll never be able to repay her for everything she has done for me.

  58. william p says

    my son has a coach. now this just isn’t any coach..yes he teaches him how to play football. but he also teaches life lessons. he inspires my son, his teammates, and the parents to work together. It is amazing to see how the kids as well as the parents are encouraged by him. he is just a nice guy.

  59. rich morris says

    My son is in a pre-k program due to needing extra help with his speech. His teacher goes out of her way to work with him and he’s made so much progress since he’s been in her class.

  60. Andrew Leukhardt says

    My sons teacher deserves this because she is able to make her students enjoy school and fosters a love of learning in them

  61. Maria Iemma says

    My daughter is a teacher and I think she should be recognized for all the extra work she does for ‘her kids’ outside of regular school hours. She gets to school early in the morning and stays late in the afternoon to be available to her students that may need extra help or sometimes to discuss the book they are reading.

  62. Michelle Weaver says

    She is the best teacher because she not only teaches the material well to students as you can see growth in their learning but also invests in their lives outside of school making sure they know she cares about them and what goes on in their lives.

  63. Debbie F says

    My son’s 2nd grade teacher is so accommodating my childs need for alternate ways to learn things. She is also working with the kids in integrate a spanish speaking child into the classroom by teaching spanish to the current kids as well as english to the new student. And throwing sign language in too. My son is the most excited to go to school that we have seen yet. Hates it when he has appts and misses class.

  64. Laurel Simmons says

    I volunteered in class and my sons teacher really spends time with each child instead of just teaching from the front of the class. We are lucky to have her. :)

  65. Crystal F says

    It’s my daughter’s fourth grade teacher. She works very hard to make learning fun for the kids. She just went in to have wrist surgery and won’t be back for a few weeks. She really hated having to be away from the kids at such a crucial time in their learning. I know she’s going to be worrying herself to death about them.

  66. Merry says

    I would honor Miss D., the new 4th grade teacher at school. She is so enthusiastic and really encourages the kids and inspires them to learn. This is her first year teaching and i know she needs a lot of supplies for her classroom and with student loans to pay back this would help her tremendously with the costs.

  67. Shannon says

    My mom is a teacher and she always gives 110%. She comes up with fun ways to encourage the kids to learn. She’s always putting money out and I know this would help her a lot!

  68. Susan Christy says

    Heidi, the librarian is who deserves this more than the teachers – she really helps kids cultivate a love of reading!

  69. crystal smith says

    I think my youngest son (who is in pre-k) has a teacher who definitely deserves to be honored. My older son had her as a pre-k teacher two years ago and she went above and beyond to develop a personal relationship with each student and their parents. She fills her class time with projects that engage and excite the children. I was amazed at the transformation I saw in my son over his pre-k school year- he grew to love learning so much. I am excited that my younger son is in her class now and know that he will also benefit from her dynamic teaching style :)

  70. April Yedinak says

    I would like to help my daughter’s art teacher. She provides supplies for any kid that can’t afford their own.

  71. Robin says

    I would recommend my son’s special needs teacher who is always there to help my son progress thru the school day,

  72. Harmony B says

    My sons Kindergarten teacher deserves this because my son having ADHD he’shad a very difficult start to the school year and she has helped him make great progress

  73. Katherine says

    My kids teacher genuinely cares for all the kids, shows no favorites and expects the best from all of them but is willing to have fun and enjoy them

  74. Megan Parsons says

    My son’s teacher is amazing. Not only does she do a great job teaching them, but she makes sure no one’s feelings are hurt. She treats them all as equals and my son usually has a hard time learning, but this year he’s doing great!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  75. Rachel says

    I am a student teacher in kindergarten, and I would love to give a gift card to my mentor who goes above and beyond in the classroom.

  76. Crystal Sell says

    She is encouraging and very patient, and is always giving us feedback so we are up to date on everything.
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com

  77. Stephanie Larison says

    My daughters preschool teacher is the best. She takes the time that each child needs to learn at the same pace, and she always makes the kids feel like they’re a part of something big.

  78. laurie says

    my son teacher is the best, she spends her money on things for the class. she is good to all her students and they love her so much they don’t want to go to the next grade, she is loved by all, everyone is always complimenting her on her job, she is doing what she always wanted to do in her life and she is good at it.

  79. Brittney House says

    My son’s math teacher always goes above and beyond to make sure each and every one of her students understand the lesson.

  80. says

    My child’s teacher deserves to be honored because my child has autism, but with his teacher’s assistance he’s made so much progress that he’s taking 8th grade classes in a general ed classroom (and he’s only 12, so one of the youngest in his classes!)
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  81. Brenda Elsner says

    My son’s teacher goes way above and beyond for all her students when she can. She even went and bought my son and another child some new clothes when they went through his growth spurt and we didn’t have the funds to buy any. We love her to death!! She is a blessing to all her students. She doesn’t let anyone be without and always includes everyone!!!

  82. Katlyn says

    My three kids are homeschooled, but it is online through the school district, so they still have a teacher. Two of my boys are disabled and have special schooling needs, and their teacher really goes out of her way to help me in any way she can. She will answer a personal phone call from me at any time of the day. She doesn’t keep certain hours. I can call her whenever I need her help. And she is constantly giving them gifts of school supplies out of her own pocket. This would be a great way to give something back. Thanks!!!

  83. Denise Dunn says

    My daughters teacher is great! Shes always putting the kids first. Helped out a couple of the kids family on her time off.

  84. Kathryn C says

    I also don’t have children but I have nieces and nephews – in particular my niece Rachele has really excelled playing the violin-so I give a Kudos shout out to the teachers in that music dept. – very patient, encouraging and supportive!


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