Did you know that, on average, teachers spend about $1,200 of their own money to cover the cost of classroom supplies?

The “teacher-funded” classroom is an outrage when you consider teacher compensation, and OfficeMax has partnered with Adopt-A-Classroom “to recognize extraordinary teachers for their dedication and innovative approach to education.”

During their A Day Made Better event, 1,300 teachers across the US were honored for their efforts and received classroom supplies valued at more than $1,000.

Here’s how it went:

Bob Thacker, senior vice president of marketing for OfficeMax:

Teachers inspire and shape our country’s greatest asset, our children, and it is astounding that they are left to cover the cost of doing a good job.

With our ‘A Day Made Better’ events, OfficeMax wants to inspire a national movement of support for teachers by attracting national attention to them on one special day and showing how easy it is to change this deplorable situation.

OfficeMax gets a tip of my hat for tackling this problem. I recently served on the board of an educational foundation whose primary focus is to bridge the education funding gap in my town.

This problem is real.

So, does this change your opinion of OfficeMax, or will you still go to Office Depot or Staples for your office supplies?

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  • Tracy Adams says:

    I applaud OfficeMax for their recognition of so many. If a Staples and an OfficeMax were of equal distance apart I would make an effort to use OfficeMax. However, although I am familiar with the office supply store names, I always seem to have difficulty remembering which store is located where. To me they’re all the same: a big warehouse of office supplies

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