I am SO very excited to have been asked by Office Max to participate in the National A Day Made Better event.

What is “A Day Made Better?”

“A Day Made Better” is a national cause event founded by OfficeMax and nonprofit organization, Adopt-A-Classroom, to lead the fight to end teacher-funded classrooms. Annually in October, more than 3,500 OfficeMax associates surprise and honor more than 1,000 teachers at 1,000 schools across the country with $1,000 worth of classroom supplies. Nominated by their school, teacher recipients receive this honor for their exceptional contributions as an educator. The name, “A Day Made Better,” is derived from the concept that OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom can make at least one day better for teachers by providing them with essential classroom supplies. Through 1,000 simultaneous events, OfficeMax seeks to call attention to the issue of teacher out-of-pocket spending and motivate the public to take action by supporting local educators through Adopt-A-Classroom. “A Day Made Better” was first conducted in October 2007 and has since contributed to the funding of more than 10,000 classrooms.

Teachers are amazing.  I really don’t know how they can do what they do, day in and day out.  They do it all with such grace and determination, and they do it with increasing budget cuts.

This year, I chose to homeschool Anthony.  This was not because of any shortfalls from his school.  It was because of his ADHD and his need for a one on one education.  Something his wonderful teacher could not possibly provide in her class of 25 kindergartners.

I remember, though, last year taking Anthony to school.  I remember the long list of supplies that their classroom desperately needed.  Things like paper, pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, dixie cups, napkins and antibacterial wipes.  These weren’t crazy “only in Mrs. Romero’s class” type supplies.  These were regular school supplies that all children need to do basic school work.  Things that were not/are not in today’s school budget.  Things that are purchased by the teachers if and when parents can’t help donate.

I think that’s just wild!

School’s can not afford to provide pencils and paper anymore.  End of story.

It’s sad.

So now, more and more teachers are having to purchase their own supplies.  A National Teaching Realities Survey found that on average teachers will spend $693.00 of their own money on school supplies! Teachers said over and over again that they would rather pay for the supplies than let their students go without.

Very sad, indeed.

Now Office Max is on a mission to help teachers focus on teaching, and not have to worry about where their pencils are going to come from.

October 5th is National A Day Made Better and Office Max will be surprising 1000 teachers across the Nation with approximately $1000.00 in school supplies!  That’s over one million dollars worth of digital cameras, printers, paper, pencils and more to benefit hard working, dedicated and passionate teachers.

You can join in this cause by nominating a deserving teacher (aren’t they all deserving?) to receive a $100 Office Max giftcard on behalf of Max Moms and A Day Made Better right here on my blog.  YAY!

Entry Requirements:

Leave me a comment below nominating a deserving teacher.  Describe to me what makes this teacher passionate, dedicated and innovative. Are you a teacher?  Feel free to nominate yourself!

To help spread the word, you can have an extra entry for your teacher if you tweet the following (one extra entry per tweet, unlimited tweeting):

Nominate your favorite teacher to win $100 in  supplies from @adaymadebetter and @mommy23monkeys http://bit.ly/ddJHUV

Nominations end on October 4th at 10pm PST.  Winner will be announced on National A Day Made Better, October 5th.

No purchase necessary to win.  Winner will be selected at random from all valid nominations.  The gift card is provided by Office Max for teachers.  The views and opinions are always my own.