Office Max Moms: A Day Made Better *$100 Giveaway*

I used to substitute teach when I lived in Florida. I actually liked it. I mean, unless I accidentally got the class that spoke Spanish to me the entire period or were taller than me or all had beards. Then I was a little scared. After spending eight hours a day with a room full of kids, I really got a new appreciation for teachers. In fact, the first time I subbed for kindergarten, I got home, laid on the couch and thought, “I am going to write a thank you note to every kindergarten teacher I know. How do they do it?!”

So, I was excited when Jyl from Mom It Forward (a super cool blog and organization) invited me to team up with my IRL friends and sisterchicks to participate in a cool teacher-loving campaign from Office Max. This Tuesday night, my friends and I are having a Girls-Night-Out/Stock-a-Box-of-Stuff-for-a-Teacher Party. We’ll be playing a game or two, throwing back a little food and even winning some prizes! But the best part is that the box we fill with school supplies is going to a local teacher who really needs it!  {If you are cute and normal and local and wanna come hang with us, please leave me a comment or email me! We’d love for you to participate in this cool opportunity!} This is only one of several of these fun box-stuffing-parties going on in the next two weeks.

Wish you could bless one of YOUR favorite teachers with a box of stuff? Or how about $100? Well, read on…

robertblackmagnetschool_chicago_jenniferjacobsDid 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!


frances-s-tucker-elem_yalisalazar2This 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 two things.

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

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

*UPDATED: You can now leave a comment to nominate your teacher.*

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: 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.
(oh, and I’m not getting anything personally to host this post or party—well, maybe an office max rubberband ball…)


  1. This is a great program! Here is my story:
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  2. Here’s my 1st tweet:
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  3. And my 2nd:
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  4. and third:
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  5. 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:
    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.

  6. I also posted the three tweets on my Twitter page:
    Remember, Joe Hays!
    .-= LoneStarLifer´s last blog ..Real Superstars. =-.

  7. I’d like to nominate my husband Professor C. He teaches high school Chemistry in rural South Carolina. Our school district is featured in the Corridor of Shame video.
    He has been teaching for 26 years. He teaches all levels of Chemistry. He leaves home at 7am even tho he doesn’t have to be there til &:45 to help kids before school. He often doesn’t get home til 4:30 for the very same reason. His students often call at home when they need help with problems.
    The money could be used to buy a graphing calculator to be used by a student who cannot afford one.


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