"A Day Made Better" Office Max Teacher Giveaway

Every year, when classes start, our school holds a Back-to-School night. Parents visit their kids' classrooms, where the teacher gives a short presentation about what the class will be learning throughout the year and what sorts of activities they'll be doing. It's also a chance to sign up for volunteer activities or donate classroom supplies. Most teachers put out a "wish list" of supplies like printer ink, markers, wipes, and other supplies they need to keep the classroom running, and parents sign up to donate specific items. By the end of Back-to-School night, most or all of the items on the wish list are usually spoken for.

I know we're the lucky ones. We live in a district with some fairly affluent residents who support our public schools, and we have a dedicated PTA who raises funds and keeps our school well supplied with necessities for the teachers and kids. We also have parents who can afford to donate the rest. But that's certainly not the case in many other areas around the country. My blogging friend Heather, a.k.a. Tween Teacher, who I met two years ago at the Back-to-School webcast with OfficeMax, told me that many, many teachers actually have to buy school supplies -- with their own money -- for the kids they teach. I've since learned that teachers are now spending an average of $1,000 out-of-pocket annually on classroom supplies to offset budget shortfalls; this figure was first cited by a National Education Association survey in 2005 and confirmed by an OfficeMax survey of teachers in June 2009.

Speaking of OfficeMax, I'm once again joining forces with them in their annual Day Made Better campaign to donate school supplies to teachers, so they spend less time worrying about supplies and more time teaching kids. Tomorrow, October 4, OfficeMax will be surprising more than 1,000 dedicated teachers at Title 1 schools across the nation today, with $1 million worth of classroom supplies – that's $1,000 per classroom!

I am so excited and honored to be a part of this program! As an OfficeMax Max Mom, I'll be doing the following:

* I'll be joining some OfficeMax associates at a local school to help surprise a local teacher with $1,000 in classroom supplies.

* I'll be surprising a teacher of my choice with $100 in school supplies in a mini Day Made Better box.

* I'm hosting a giveaway below so that one of my readers can conduct a Day Made Better surprise for their own favorite teacher!

How You Can Help

* Organize your own Day Made Better surprise for your favorite teacher! Gather together a box of new school supplies, or purchase a discounted box of school supplies through Adopt-A-Classroom and A Day Made Better.

* Donate directly to your favorite teacher's classroom through Adopt-A-Classroom

* Spread the word about A Day Made Better.

* Join the giveaway below!

Stay tuned for more posts on this week's A Day Made Better events. I'm looking forward to surprising some very worthy teachers!

Nominate Your Teacher to Win a $50 OfficeMax gift card
Office Max is going to help you make your favorite teacher's day better! You too can join in this cause and give back to a deserving teacher by nominating your favorite teacher to receive a $50 Office Max gift card for school supplies.

Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and nominate a deserving teacher you know. Please describe in your comment how this teacher has positively impacted your life or the community. This entry must be completed before extra entries qualify.

Extra Entries
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).

1) Leave a comment on my Day Made Better recap post on Finding Bonggamom.

2) Leave a comment on my Day Made Better post #2, which will go live on Oct. 6 (1 entry).

3) Write a comment on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page and tell me why you support the "A Day Made Better" cause (1 entry).

4) Follow A Day Made Better on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day (1 entry per day, leave a comment with the tweet link for each tweet):

RT @bonggafinds Win $50 for school supplies for a deserving teacher fr @ADayMadeBetter ! http://ow.ly/6LYMl #giveaways #MaxMoms

5) Write this on the A Day Made Better Facebook page (1 entry):
You could win $50 to buy OfficeMax school supplies for your favorite teacher! Enter by Oct. 20 on Bonggamom Finds at http://ow.ly/6LYMl

The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on October 20, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on October 21 and post the winner's name after the winner confirms acceptance. Note: I will be asking the winner for the teacher's name, school name and email address so I can verify that the gift card will be sent to a deserving teacher. US addresses only . For additional giveaway rules, click here. Thanks for supporting this great cause!

Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post or participation in the program. The school supplies and gift cards for the giveaway are provided by OfficeMax. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

35 Comments, Leave yours here:

Elena said...

I would nominate my son's math teacher because she has individual approach to every child and help them to do their best in math.


Elena said...

Follow A Day Made Better on Twitter and tweeted:



Elena said...

I wrote on sponsor's Facebook page:


Elena said...

tweeted 10/4:



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tweeted 10/6:



Teresa Young on October 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM said...

I nominate my friend Mary Loe. She works through a local school district to guide adults to earning their GEDs.

tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

Teresa Young on October 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM said...

I follow a Day Made Better on Twitter @tmy56 & tweeted

Elena said...

tweeted 10/9:



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tweeted 10/10:


Anonymous said...

I would choose my sons preschool teacher. It is a small preschool in a church setting and she really spends time with the children preparing them for kindergarten next year. She is very patient and kind with all the children.

jakiesmom on October 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM said...

nannypanpan at gmail.com

Elena said...

tweeted 10/11:


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tweeted 10/12:



mendyd on October 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM said...

I would nominate my niece's music teacher. She is such a great influence on all the kids. She gives them positive direction in everything they do.

Elena said...

tweeted 10/13:



Teresa Young on October 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM said...


Elena said...

tweeted 10/14:



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tweeted 10/15:



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tweeted 10/16:


Teresa Young on October 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM said...


Elena said...

tweeted 10/17:


Teresa Young on October 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM said...

daily tweet

Elena said...

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Teresa Young on October 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM said...


Cori Westphal on October 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM said...

I like to support art in schools. My kids go to art class once a week. I find that a bit disturbing, that art has gotten that meaningless to our school system. I'd love to surprise my kids art teacher with this to help him build up some supplies, so that when my kids do have art, they can at least have all the tools they need!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Cori Westphal on October 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM said...

I follow A Day made Better on Twitter @coriwestphal
Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/126487340993622016

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Elena said...



won on October 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM said...

I would nominate Ms. Bridges who is a music teacher at my late daughter's elementary school. When Olivia got really ill at the end of her life and only attended school as she wanted to, Ms. Bridges had a standing appointment with her.

She would meet Olivia there every Friday before school started for some music therapy/play. Sometimes they'd beat out the anger on the piano keys; other times when the brain tumor made too much noise/stimuli uncomfortable, Ms. Bridges would offer Olivia the triangle to play.

Sometimes, they'd just sit and talk. But always....there'd be love in that room and it was because of Ms. Bridges' extraordinary efforts.

won on October 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM said...

Following and tweeted

won on October 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM said...

Wrote on A Day Made Better facebook:

won on October 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM said...

Wrote a comment on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page.

Elena said...

tweeted 10/20:


Teresa Young on October 20, 2011 at 6:16 PM said...


bonggamom on October 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #6, Elena!

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