Ray Elementary 1st-grade teacher Sonia Tarbes-Fernandez was one of only 1,000 winners in the nation in the 2011 Office Max “A Day Make Better Reward.” Tarbes-Fernandez received $1,000 in supplies, including a digital camera, a new chair and a printer.
Office Max also supplied every 1st- and 2nd-grade student at Ray Elementary was given a gift bag filled with school supplies. The front office of Ray Elementary got what Principal Ben Perez called “a Jumbo-sized box” filled with more supplies.
OfficeMax® Incorporated and its retail customers together donated more than $1.7 million today in classroom supplies to teachers nationwide through OfficeMax’s annual A Day Made Better classroom surprise events, which help provide economic relief and encourage national support for teachers.
This marks the fifth year 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.
New this year was an in-store school supply drive, in which customers contributed more than an additional $700,000 in back-to-school supplies across OfficeMax’s approximately 900 stores nationwide. Classroom supplies collected through the in-store supply drive were donated today to schools in each community where OfficeMax has stores.