One thousand teachers across the U.S. were honored Oct. 6 in the third annual A Day Made Better, as OfficeMax, working with the nonprofit organization Adopt-a-Classroom, distributed $1 million in classroom supplies.
The teachers were surprised with the award at 10 a.m. in each time zone by local OfficeMax associates, who delivered $1,000 worth of supplies to each educator. The teachers all received a printer, a swivel chair, a digital camera and large box of classroom supplies.
A Day Made Better debuted in 2007, when OfficeMax realized that teachers were spending their own money on classroom supplies. According to a 2005 survey by the National Education Association, teachers spend an average of $1,200 a year on necessary supplies, or $4 billion collectively. OfficeMax and Adopt-a-Classroom decided to work together to create awareness and support for teachers nationally.
Teachers are nominated by their principals, with winners chosen by Adopt-a-Classroom for their exceptional contributions as educators. To date, 3,500 teachers have been honored through the A Day Made Better program.
The effort was supported and promoted this year by Max Moms, 32 women who are influential in social media, who supported A Day Made Better through Twitter parties hosted by MomItForward; blogs; virtual teacher surprises, which allow users to nominate a teacher to win $100 in school supplies; hometown events to raise school supplies for local teachers; and other efforts.
In addition, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, James Denton, Debi Mazar and Lil Mama lent their support to the effort.