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*UPDATE* Giveaway: Help A Teacher Supply The Classroom with Office Max

**UPDATE** Winner of the $100 Office Max Gift Card is mj.coward
who nominated Beth T. Congratulations! (Note: I had to chose a 2nd runner up due to duplicate winners in other Mox Moms contests!)

What did you spend on back-to-school shopping this year? Everything on our list for first grade (including the 'optional' tissues, hand sanitizer, snack-size baggies) was about $30-$35. So what does it cost to supply and entire classroom EVEN if every family was to pitch in and buy their share? Think of all the maps, wall posters, craft items, etc. School budgets are cut every year. Who pays for all that? Unfortunately, it's the teachers. Which is why I'm SO excited to be chosen for the

Surprising Teachers with Supplies via A Day Made Better

Did 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, ìA Day Made Betterî 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!


Another Surprise via 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 by leaving a comment here, writing a blog post or on Whrrl.

  • 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 Stor"î 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.

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 ìA Day Made Betterî 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 youíd like to meet the team behind the cause: @officemax, @adaymadebetter and @Adopt_Classroom. Hope to see you there!

Fine Print

Entries are due Tuesday, October 6 by 11:59 pm ET. 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.

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Reader Comments (8)

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.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoneStarLifer

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

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoneStarLifer

I'd like to nominate Beth T. Beth teaches kindergarten in the room right beside me. This is her second year at our school.
Beth is the youngest teacher in our building.Her enthusiasm and dedication have helped bring have inspired many os the older teachers! Even with 2 young children at home, she often spends extra time at school "getting things done". She and her husband are saving for a house so she doesn't have the spare funds that many of us "old' teachers can use to supplement our classroom. Our school funds are frozen this year so we have received NO money for supplies.
The gift card would be wonderful for her, I know that she would spend it wisely.


September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ





September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

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.

Tweets posted on

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa R

My post:

My tweets:

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K.

Thanks so much. Beth is thrilled!!!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Wow. I've been reading your stuff for about a year now and this is basically the only sh*t I dont agree with. Give atleast a little credit where credit is due. Kobe got his ass kicked by this so called fluke. So what? Chill out. No one said the Rockets were the best team. pxojku pxojku - Shop Hermes Kelly.

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