Last month, 15 Chicago Public Schools teachers were surprised with special gifts from OfficeMax: classroom supplies and a leather swivel chair.
The teachers were among 1,300 across the nation rewarded by more than 3,500 OfficeMax associates as part of “A Day Made Better”—a national event that OfficeMax does in partnership with the non-profit organization Adopt-A-Classroom to support teachers and put an end to teacher-funded classrooms.
Teachers annually spend, on average, $1,200 out-of-pocket for necessary classroom supplies to offset budget shortfalls, according to a 2005 survey of 3.2 million members of the National Education Association. Collectively, that’s nearly $4 billion annually.
On Oct. 1, OfficeMax donated classroom supplies worth more than $1 million ($1,000 per classroom) to selected teachers’ classrooms at elementary schools across the nation. Teachers were nominated, by the school principal, for their innovative approach to teaching, and for their dedication and passion for education.
The following CPS teachers received the prize:
- Amy Castaneda, Ortiz De Dominguez, 3000 South Lawndale Avenue
- Cordelia Parker, Sumner Math & Science Academy, 4320 West Fifth Avenue
- Kenna Masuda, Lafayette, 2714 West Augusta Boulevard
- Astrid Thepsiree, Volta, 4950 North Avers Avenue
- Marilyn Fernandez, Hanson Park, 5411 West Fullerton Avenue
- Jennifer Koerner, McCutcheon, 4865 North Sheridan Road
- Courtney Price, Woodson South, 4414 South Evans Avenue
- Yolanda Luna, Stockton, 4420 North Beacon Street
- Deborah Thigpen, Schiller, 640 West Scott Street
- Patrice Hall, Pulaski Elementary Fine Arts Academy, 2230 West McLean Avenue
- Lidia Franco, Stowe, 3444 West Wabansia Avenue
- Jaqueline Faragoi, Nathan Davis, 3014 West 39th Place
- Veronica Martinez, John Harvard, 7525 South Harvard Avenue
- Andrea Grabowski, Cameron, 1234 North Monticello Avenue
- Jennifer Jacobs, Robert Black Magnet Elementary - South Branch, 9101 South Euclid Avenue