I am really excited to be a part of the Max Mom team, this give away and this important cause. Join me at #gno Tuesday evening on Twitter – I will be tweeting as @Texasholly. AND if you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, check back here for details about an upcoming local blogger event. So much going on! So much fun! RobertBlackMagnetSchool_Chicago_JenniferJacobs 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, A Day Made Better 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!


This 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.
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Entry Requirements

To enter your teacher, you are required to do two things.
(Note: post a separate comment for each entry.)

1. Nominate them through a blog post or on Whrrl.

Write a post on your blog.
  • You can include photos, video, etc. but please stay under 400 words or 3 minutes.
  • Please include these links: http://adaymadebetter.com or @adaymadebetter.
  • Include a link to your post in the comments section.


Create a story on Whrrl.com.
  • Go to our custom Whrrl page at http://whrrl.com/search?q=omx, click Start A Story 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. http://bit.ly/3VUNvC PLS RT #omx
  • Nominate a teacher 2 win $100 in OfficeMax classroom supplies. Enter here: http://www.junecleavernirvana.com/2009/09/give-away-for-teacher/PLS RT #omx
  • Join the A Day Made Better movement to end teacher-funded classrooms at http://bit.ly/UJ3LF #omx
More than 30 sites are participating in this campaign between now and Sunday, October 4. Visit http://momitforward.com 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 you ™d like to meet the team behind the cause: @officemax, @adaymadebetter and @Adopt_Classroom. Hope to see you there!

Fine Print

Entries are due Sunday, October 4 by midnight PDT. 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.
Good luck!
See you at #GNO!

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  1. This is from Nicole at SAHM Reviews who was foiled by my comment system…once again.

    My sister-in-law is a teacher but I ™m not nominating her because my kids have never had her as a teacher. And although I ™m sure she is wonderful, that's kind of biased of me.
    I would nominate my daughter's current teachers but honestly, we just started school so I really don't know them well enough to say These teachers rock!  By the end of the year (or even half way through) I ™ll probably be saying that.
    But I would like to nominate my daughter's Kindergarten teacher, Mr. Jones, from last year. He did rock. Not only was he open to me bringing new products in that I received to test, but he embraced them and made them his own. (IE Purchasing supplies to help me with this project http://tinyurl.com/y8dgkk2 ) But more important is the impact he had on my daughter. She enter kindergarten with an IEP “ a speech and language issue we ™ve been battling since she was two. Well, during kindergarten she excelled. Halfway through, she already knew and could read all the words that she was supposed to know by the end of 1st grade. He worked with her, taught her ¦ and before the end of kindergarten, they released her from her IEP. An accomplishment seldom experienced by teachers.
    And here's the clincher ¦ she started first grade and was invited to join the gifted program. Now THAT ™S the sign of a great teacher. I would love to reward him with this promotion. 

  2. 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.

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  3. I nominate my co-worker Page. Page teaches kindergarten in rural South Carolina.
    Page is a wonderful caring teacher. She often stays late into the afternoons preparing engaging activities for her students. We often share ideas.
    We have received no school money for basic supplies. Page is a single Mom who works a second job to help make ends meet. It is not as easy for her to purchase materials out-of-pocket as it is for some of us.
    I know that she would use the money wisely to provide materials for her classroom.


  4. 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: http://lonestarlifer.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/real-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.