Win $100 OfficeMax Gift Card For An Exceptional Teacher!

CONTESTS | | September 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm


Congratulations to PJ Mullen!

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!


RobertBlackMagnetSchool_Chicago_JenniferJacobsThis 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 either the comment/whirl/blog part and also the twitter/facebook portion.

(Note: post a separate comment for each entry.)

1. Nominate a teacher!

Leave a comment nominating a teacher and say why the teacher should win.


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: 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 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. 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 “A Day Made Better” 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 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.
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    MJ says:

    Heres’s my link. My hubby IS a great teacher!!!


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    I am nominating my daughter’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Heimburger. She has not been present for a few weeks of the school year due to the birth of her own baby, but she has made a great attempt to get to know the children in her classroom. When she knew she was going to be leaving, she brought the substitute teacher in to get the kids comfortable with the changes coming. When she returned, she talked and still talks in depth with the substitute to learn all the needs of the children. She has dedicated herself to getting to know all the quirks of the kids that she wasn’t able to get to know as well as the substitute.

    She does different activities and learning techniques with the kids in the classroom. For example, she is in tune to my daughter’s wants and needs and she talked with me about ways to make it better for her. My daughter likes to spend time inside for recess so the teacher is using that as an incentive to my daughter for completing her work (something she struggles with).

    The classroom is decorated and is a fun environment for the kids. I can tell, just from speaking with her, how much Mrs. Heimburger enjoys her class and teaching. She is a pleasure to talk with and gets her kids excited about learning. My daughter said that she is fun and makes learning things easier. She is always available for help when asked and my daughter really enjoys having her for a teacher.

    We are in a public district but with budget cuts and knowing that the teachers provide a lot of their own supplies, I know this gift would be so welcome by Mrs. Heimburger. She would be able to buy more supplies to help those children that are in her care every single day… a job she obviously enjoys and does with a smile.

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    PJ Mullen says:

    I’d like to nominate Tom Hobson, he’s a teacher at Woodland Park Cooperative School in Seattle and is a blogging friend of mine. Here’s his blog:

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    Amy says:

    I want to nominate my daughters teacher Mrs. Martin. Mrs.Martin is not only my daughters 2nd grade teacher but she was my 6th grade teacher as well. When I was in 6th grade we had a special program for the kids that had and maintained high grades called Safety Patrol. I was in it that year. I worked hard so that I could go to Washington DC on a trip at the end of the year. Mrs. Martin was one of the teachers that volunteered to go. We were 2 days into the trip when I started breaking out in red patches. Everyone,including my parents, thought it was my nerves. After 4 days (or close to that) we were heading home and my rash got worse. My bus had to pull over and they called a emergency squad. Mrs. Martin stayed with me the whole time,from the squad ride to the hospital to the room that I was in. After many tests they finally figured out I had strep throat. I wasn’t thinking it then but I do now that I was so thankful to have her as my teacher because her standing by my side and not leaving me showed she cared.Like a true teacher! My daughter has just started school and I tell her at least once a week at how lucky she is to be in Mrs. Martin room. I could not of asked for a better teacher. I may not like many of the teachers at the schools in my area but I will be forever grateful for that one.

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    Amy says:

    I am giving you my tweets but on the second one I tried to put your url for the giveaway in there and it was too long. So I just put what it says up top exactly. I tried to leave a link but couldn’t. Hope it still counts.

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    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 ) 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.

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    Vanessa R says:

    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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