Making Another Teachers Day Better!

Last week I had the privilege of co-hosting an amazing event here in Denver where we nominated a teacher to win a HUGE box of donated classroom supplies. I will be announcing the winner of that contest here shortly but wanted to share another great contest for a local teacher from A Day Made Better! As a former 4th grade teacher, it is really important to me that people realize just what a problem this is. There are teachers that are having to spend their very small paychecks just to buy Kleenex for their classrooms. It is CRAZY!

Mark Indelicato-OfficeMax-A Day Made Better-Education-School SuppliesDid you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? That’s $4 billion annually! That’s why OfficeMax joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create “A Day Made Better“—a national cause event founded to erase teacher-funded classrooms. This year, “A Day Made Better” will take place on October 6 where 1,000 teachers will be surprised in their classrooms each with $1,000 worth of essential supplies from OfficeMax. That’s more than one million dollars donated to help teachers! Principals at needy schools nominated the teachers for demonstrating dedication, innovation, and passion.

To pay-it-forward, OfficeMax and Mom It Forward have teamed up to create awareness about the issue of teacher-funded classrooms and to give you the opportunity to get involved and help a teacher in your community on behalf of the “A Day Made Better.” Here’s how…

Simply nominate a teacher of your choice to win this giveaway by following the entry requirements. Be sure to check out the prize and criteria!


One exceptional teacher will receive a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR gift card to OfficeMax. This can go a long way when it comes to classroom supplies!


Teacher-Education-OfficeMax-A Day Made BetterThis is a giveaway that is meant to be given away. What does that mean? You get to nominate a teacher by sharing why this person is exceptional and deserving of this giveaway. The best part, every story told helps raise awareness in an effort to erase teacher-funded classrooms. The winning teacher will be chosen based on the following criteria, so be sure to tell us why your teacher is most deserving:

  • Dedication: does everything in his/her power to deliver the best possible education for his/her students.
  • Innovation: thinks outside the box and engages his/her students through creative learning activities & programs.
  • Passion: expresses a genuine passion for education and shares this enthusiasm in the classroom.
  • Need: demonstrates a need for essential classroom supplies.

Entry Requirements

To enter your teacher, you are required to do two things.

(Note: post a separate comment for each entry.)

1. Nominate them through a blog post, a comment here or on Whrrl.

Leave me a comment with the teacher you are nominating and why. Please give us much detail about why the teacher deserves to win in your comment!

Write a post on your blog.

  • You can include photos, video, etc. but please stay under 400 words or 3 minutes.
  • Please include these links: or @adaymadebetter.
  • Include a link to your post in the comments section.

Create a story on

  • Go to our custom Whrrl page at, click “Start A Story” and upload photos and text about why your teacher is most deserving.
  • Be sure to include the #omx hashtag in the text of your story.
  • Post a link to your Whrrl story in the comments section.

You can see the story of the event I held here:

2. Post these messages on Facebook and/or Twitter.

(Note: Be sure to leave comments here with links to your messages.)
  • Teachers spend avg $1200 of own $$ on school supplies annually! Help erase teacher-funded classrooms. PLS RT #omx
  • Nominate a teacher 2 win $100 in OfficeMax classroom supplies. Enter here: PUT YOUR POST URL HERE PLS RT #omx
  • Join the “A Day Made Better” movement to end teacher-funded classrooms at #omx

More than 30 sites are participating in this campaign between now and Sunday, October 4. Visit for a list of all the giveaways! You may enter a different teacher on every site, but you may only win once!

Thanks so much for helping pay-it-forward to teachers in your community! Please join us on Tuesdays, September 22 and 29 from 9 to 11 pm ET for Girls Night Out (#gno) on Twitter if you’d like to meet the team behind the cause: @officemax, @adaymadebetter and @Adopt_Classroom. Hope to see you there!

Fine Print

Entries are due Sunday, October 4 by midnight PDT. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will be selected by me based on the entry that in my opinion meets the above criteria. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom and Mom It Forward play no part in choosing the winner of this giveaway. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom, and Mom It Forward employees are ineligible to enter. In a spirit of fairness, my personal friends and family members are also ineligible. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to participants in the U.S. 18 years and older.


  1. The Box Tops For Education program recently launched My Class Essentials! It’s an awesome program where teachers can claim their classrooms and set up a registry of wish list items or just set up a piggy bank for donations. I’m urging parents at my school to consider holiday gifts from these registries so the teachers can keep their paycheck money.
    .-= ACheapChick´s last blog ..Four Free Places To Kill Time =-.

  2. Great website!

    I am homeschooling for the first time this year and I’ll definitely be back to take a better look through your site.

    Right now, it’s homework, bath time and bed!



  3. I would love to nominate Stephanie Simmons of Green Valley Elementary in Denver. She’s an amazing teacher of a classroom full of special needs kids, and goes far above and beyond what most teachers do. She’s so deserving of this!
    .-= Laura aka LaLaGirl´s last blog ..“Better you than me!” =-.

  4. I nominate my son’s teacher Mrs Gould. She has had both of my boys in her special needs classroom over the last 5 years. 2 yrs with first son and now on 3rd yr with #2. She is so giving and takes so much time with them! I know she spends her money on a lot of classroom projects – I would LOVE to help her out!

    thanks for sponsoring this.


  5. Joe Hays teaches in a high-poverty inner-city St. Louis, MO elementary school. Joe has named his students the Superstars and is teaching them to live up to that name. He has created a cool, colorful learning space for the kids, all with his own money. Get this: he even has to buy his own COPY paper!!! He is currently plastering the classroom walls with college/univ t-shirts and pennants to encourage his students to think about and work towards college, not something usually considered in their environment. Joe is a person who believes in people and their possibilities, and those Superstars are so blessed to have him as their teacher.
    For more info on Joe, I have a blog entry about him and the Superstars:
    Thanks so much for having this giveaway. I would so love to show those kids that there are folks out there who DO care about their future.
    .-= LoneStarLifer´s last blog ..Real Superstars. =-.

  6. I also posted the three tweets on my Twitter page. Remember, Joe Hays!

  7. I would like to nominate my daughters 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Hendley. She is amazing with the kids. My daughter loves going to school every day and is thriving in her classroom. I love that she encourages early studying for tests, etc. She could really benefit from this gift.
    .-= Ginny´s last blog ..Review ~ Baby Einstein World Animal Adventure =-.

  8. I’d love to nominate a kindergarten teacher, Mrs. C. She has been teaching for 32 years. She teaches in rural South Carolina. She has 23 students this year. Over 90% of these receive free or reduced lunch. Parental contributions to this class are limited.
    She is very dedicated. She still looks for ways to actively involve each of her students. She loves cruising the bookstore in search of great new books that will make her students want to read!
    She enters every blog conest that offers something she can use in her classroom!!
    I am Mrs. C. I hope it’s ok to nominate myself. Most of my students do not have internet access at home. I would use this money for crayons, penils and construction paper.


  9. Vanessa R says:

    Kristel Hansen works as a science teacher at a jr high in West Valley City, Utah. This year she isn’t getting any help with science supplies, and not always lab supplies either. She buys those out of pocket.

    In order to inspire her students, she presents one with a “Student of the Week” award…out of her own pocket also.

    The school doesn’t have air conditioning, and it’s pretty hot in her classroom – upstairs with no windows. She buys them bottled water and Otter pops to help cool it down, and brings in her own swamp coolers and fans to make it cooler.

    She also coaches soccer there, and spent $60 of her own money to repaint the soccer field since the school ran out.

    She stays on her own time, unpaid, after school to help students with her homework and do soccer coaching.

    I know this card would help her out so much – even if just for ink for the printers. They only get so many copies a year, and have to pay for anything over their allowance.

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  10. The winner of this giveaway is Laura aka LaLaGirl. While it was not a criteria for winning I am really happy to pick a Denver winner :)

  11. Yippee! Thanks! This is exciting!
    .-= Laura aka LaLaGirl´s last blog ..The House of FLU! =-.

  12. Hey, Barb! I got to hand deliver the prize to the winning teacher last week! Here’s my post about it: Thanks again!
    .-= Laura aka LaLaGirl´s last blog ..A Day Made Better – Update! =-.

  13. I love this project! I currently work in a posh private school but I spent my first nine years of teaching in the very urban inner city district of Flint, Michigan. I spent a lot of my own money on pencils and crayons to say the least. I learned how to write grants. I wish there was a program like this that I knew about back in the 90′s!
    Awsome work!