October 4th was a very special day for me and nearly 1,000 other teachers across the United States. Office Max and Adopt A Classroom teamed up to deliver supplies to teachers nominated and chosen. How they were nominated and chosen, I do not know, but I was honored to be one of the recipients.
Imagine my surprise when the principal of my school shows up at my door. My students were surprised, but I guess I shouldn’t say I was surprised by this. I expected just a quick visit and observation like usual. Nothing to get worked up over. And then the principal is followed by a group of other people. My student made a hilarious comment while I just stared, stunned, as one woman held a large bouquet of roses. And one man pushed in a beautiful new chair. (Yes, I got excited over a new chair.)
They asked me to take a seat in my new chair, presented me with a certificate, and then wheeled in a large cart with three enormous boxes on it. Boxes with $1000 worth of supplies.
In those boxes were supplies for students: pencils, pens, paper, crayons, markers, highlighters, rulers, notebooks – the list goes on. Another box was filled with plain white paper. The third box held teacher supplies like chalk, specialty pens and pencils, erasers, storage units, and… a printer for my classroom.
My students can now print material they need from my teacher computer rather than having to wait to use the library or print something for me to get for them from the copy room later.
I will admit that I cried, and I told my students that it was the only time they would see me cry. They laughed. We all laughed. And we all thanked everyone that came and made my day… well… better.
A Day Made Better is a program that works to “erase teacher funded classrooms.” It is very true that many teachers put hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars into their classroom every year. This gift that was given to me will go a long way to help my students. I can make sure all of my students have the materials they need that they might not be able to afford.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the people at Office Max and Adopt A Classroom, as well as all the donors who made it possible. And finally, to the person who nominated me. I am truly honored and blessed.
For more information, please check out A Day Made Better. If you would like to donate to a specific classroom, check out this link where you can send a box to a teacher you know. You can choose from three different sizes.
It might not seem like much to you, but trust me. That box will light up a teacher’s day.