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Teach your children well.

On Tuesday morning, it was my privilege to participate in a very cool thing: OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better” national teacher appreciation event.

Here’s the deal. If you’re a teacher, or you have a friend or relative who’s a teacher, you probably already know that nearly every teacher in the country regularly dips into personal funds to buy teaching supplies. A friend of mine who taught for years in the Chicago Public School system was always running out to the store to buy supplies, or hitting up friends for anything and everything that could be put to use in a classroom.

On average, a teacher spends about $1,200 a year in personal funds on classroom supplies. In recognition of the extraordinary efforts put forth every day by thousands of teachers across the country, OfficeMax has a day in which 1,000 teachers each receive surprise deliveries of $1,000 in school supplies.

A number of celebrities participate in the event, including Selena Gomez in Los Angeles.

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In Chicago, I was part of the team making a surprise visit to the teachers and pre-K students at Goethe Elementary in the Bucktown neighborhood. The kids were adorable, the teachers were thrilled—-and they’re already using the supplies found in that giant box.

What a great day.

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10 Responses to “Teach your children well.”

  1. Marc Marini Says:

    Somehow, I think the kids in L.A. were probably a little more thrilled to meet Selena Gomez than the kids in Chicago were to meet you, no offense. Just not sure how many of those preschoolers follow your tweets.

  2. anaaki Says:

    As a future Art Ed teacher, I thank you for the support :)

  3. Michael Says:

    As an educator of 20 years I can tell you that the recognition provided from your blog will be as meaningful as the $1000 in supplies. Both are helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  4. vvietvet 52 Says:

    cool it always good to help out my niece, is a teacher,

  5. Katie Says:

    Cool. Nice of you to help out :)

  6. Larry Carlson Says:

    I’m a businessman. I have charge cards at Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax. Guess the OfficeMax card will be getting the most use from now on. Nice going and thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  7. Chris M. Says:

    It’s nice to see someone like Ms. Gomez doing something positive while her contemporaries are smoking and swearing at the paparazzi.

  8. James Otto Says:

    That’s cool. One question: Who the hell is Selena Gomez?

  9. Elphie's twin Says:

    Selena Gomez is an actress on a Disney Channel series called the witches of waverly place.

  10. Karen B. Says:

    As an OMX-er, I also went to a school and surprised a teacher. It’s a great experience and I’m happy to be able to participate. And overall, I think the teachers love what we leave with them, supplies-wise, more than anything!

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