More than 90 percent of teachers spend their own money on basic school supplies for their students, according to a recent survey, so this week OfficeMax, its back-to-school shoppers and business customers, donated nearly $1.9 million in school supplies to teachers nationwide for their classrooms through “A Day Made Better” – a series of surprise classroom events that help to provide relief and support to teachers nationwide who spend their own money on much-needed classroom supplies.
The donation included 17 teachers in Puerto Rico, who each received $1,000 in school supplies to benefit hundreds of students in San Juan, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Ponce, Carolina, Mayagüez, Vega Baja, Luquillo, Hatillo, Humacao, Fajardo and Caguas.
This is the sixth edition of the “A Day Made Better program,” in which OfficeMax associates surprise 1,000 teachers in their classrooms with $1,000 each worth of school supplies – $1 million in sum. OfficeMax consumers and business clients contributed nearly $900,000 in additional school supplies through this summer’s in-store supply drive held at OfficeMax locations nationwide.
“OfficeMax is proud to be in its sixth year of ‘A Day Made Better’ because we want teachers and students nationwide to have the resources they need for success in the classroom,” said Carolynn Brooks, vice president, chief diversity officer and president of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation. “OfficeMax shoppers and business clients have joined the cause because they recognize that their contributions have a positive effect on the community, and ultimately contribute to an educated workforce.”