On behalf of the “A Day Made Better” cause for teachers, I surprised a teacher at my child’s school with a $110 worth of school supplies from OfficeMax!
Most of us remember an amazing teacher who made a real quantifiable difference. The one who taught us to think differently about the world or got us excited about school or a subject we once thought was impossible. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Brown, my high school English teacher. I really believe though that all of my elementary school teachers did the groundwork for her. They provided me with a classroom in which I felt safe, and liked to learn. They helped instill in me a love of learning. For these things, I can’t thank my teachers enough.
Teachers touch so many lives every day, but for many, their passion can also become a financial hardship. With school budgets getting cut nationwide, teachers often buy their own supplies to make sure every child has the necessary tools to learn.
I’ve joined the Max Moms for Teachers program to help create awareness and encourage support for teachers in every community. 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.
To support this cause, I had the opportunity to surprise my twins 1st grade teacher, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and presented her with a $110 worth of classroom supplies from OfficeMax. Meet my favorite 1st grade teacher.
I selected to honor her because she demonstrates:
1) Passion: She talks to, instructs, plays with and provides a warm environment in which her little 1st graders learn every single day. If any of you have been in a room with 1st graders, you know that that takes energy and passion.
2) Dedication: I went to college to become a teacher, so I spent a lot of time in the classroom with teachers of all grades through 8th. Plus, since my kids have been in school, I’ve always volunteered in their classrooms. It’s been my experience and my opinion that 1st grade is the hardest grade to teach because 1st grade teachers are taxed with teaching the kids the fundaments, like how to really read and write and do arithmetic. This is not a responsibility I’d EVER want to take on, and so the ones that do get my highest esteem. They HAVE to be dedicated. My twins teacher agreed to teach them when she could have refused (which would have necessitated separation) and that truly shows dedication and my lasting gratitude.
3) Innovation: I don’t know exactly how she does it, but does it she does. She gets her kids reading and writing and completely ready for 2nd grade. Accomplishing that takes lots of innovation. Every day presents at least one hiccup or surprise and she’s ready for each one. She uses innovation in her instructional planning. She’s just fabulous.
Plus, by the time her job is done this year, she will have taught ALL of my boys the basics for reading, which is NO easy task.
You too can join in this cause by surprising a deserving teacher in your community. You can purchase your own A Day Made Better box of classroom supplies available for $25, $50 or $100 at www.adoptaclassroom.org/better, or just surprise them with whatever school supplies you pick up, even if it’s just a few pencils and glue sticks or a box of Tissues!
Disclosure: The school supplies were provided by OfficeMax as part of its cause for teachers. The views written here are my opinion.
You can nominate your teacher to win a $50 gift card to Office Max by commenting here.