“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
This was a special week for teachers around the country. On Tuesday, October 4th, 1000 teachers nationwide were surprised in their classrooms with a total of $1 million in school supplies from OfficeMax as part of A Day Made Better, a cause founded to help ease the burden on teachers who spend their own money on school supplies to ensure that their students receive the best possible education.
Jen Torban has dedicated the past 12 years to her students at Adaire Alexander School in Fishtown, PA in the school district of Philadelphia. At Adaire, 84.5% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged. Currently a third grade teacher, she has also taught kindergarten and fourth grade during her tenure at Adaire. Though she is humble about her contribution, Jen uses money from her own pocket to make sure that her classroom is fully equipped with supplies for the school year.
As a Max Mom, I too had the amazing opportunity to surprise a deserving teacher in with $100 in school supplies. The Max Moms are a select group of women in social media who impact positive change in schools as part of the A Day Made Better campaign. It was huge fun to be able to give Jen a box full of supplies for her classroom in thanks for her dedication as a teacher to her much-deserving students.
Now it’s your turn to give a deserving teacher A Day Made Better. All you have to do is share a story in the comments below about a teacher who has positively impact your life, a child’s life or your community.
One winner will be chosen at random to receive a mini cause box and a $50 gift card to OfficeMax for school supplies. Entries are due by Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.
Founded by OfficeMax and the nonprofit Adopt-A-Classroom, A Day Made Better seeks to help teachers make ends meet in the classroom by creating awareness and generating support for teachers nationwide. You can read about all the teachers who received this award at: http://adaymadebetter.com/days-made-better.
Who would you like to thank for being a great teacher?