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A Day Made Better

No Time For Flash Cards doesn’t usually do giveaways, we stick to our crafts and books and silly songs most of the time, but sometimes you have an opportunity to help and you simply can’t say no.  When I was approached to help spread the word about Office Max’s ” A Day Made Better” I didn’t even look at my schedule, I just said yes.  As a former teacher I know how important this issue is.  We simply don’t value our public school teachers near enough and it’s time to show them we care, this campaign is a great way to do that.


OfficeMax joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create “A Day Made Better“—a national cause event founded to erase teacher-funded classrooms.  “A Day Made Better” will be held on October 6th and  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…

Nominate a teacher of your choice to win this giveaway by following the entry requirements. Be sure to check out the prize and criteria!

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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!


This 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 blog post or on Whrrl.

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.
  • OR

** Updated to make it easier! Leave a Comment Here

  • Simply click on comments and nominate!
  • Make sure you address the criteria !
  • You must still do the 2nd requirement below and come back leave a  link to it!
    • 2. Post these messages on Facebook and/or Twitter.

    • 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
  • (Note: Be sure to leave comments here with links to your messages.)

    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.
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  1. says

    I am nominating my daughter’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Heimburger. She has not been present for a few weeks of the school year due to the birth of her own baby, but she has made a great attempt to get to know the children in her classroom. When she knew she was going to be leaving, she brought the substitute teacher in to get the kids comfortable with the changes coming. When she returned, she talked and still talks in depth with the substitute to learn all the needs of the children. She has dedicated herself to getting to know all the quirks of the kids that she wasn’t able to get to know as well as the substitute.

    She does different activities and learning techniques with the kids in the classroom. For example, she is in tune to my daughter’s wants and needs and she talked with me about ways to make it better for her. My daughter likes to spend time inside for recess so the teacher is using that as an incentive to my daughter for completing her work (something she struggles with).

    The classroom is decorated and is a fun environment for the kids. I can tell, just from speaking with her, how much Mrs. Heimburger enjoys her class and teaching. She is a pleasure to talk with and gets her kids excited about learning. My daughter said that she is fun and makes learning things easier. She is always available for help when asked and my daughter really enjoys having her for a teacher.

    We are in a public district but with budget cuts and knowing that the teachers provide a lot of their own supplies, I know this gift would be so welcome by Mrs. Heimburger. She would be able to buy more supplies to help those children that are in her care every single day… a job she obviously enjoys and does with a smile.

  2. says

    I would like to nominate a friend from college. Mrs. Rebecca Sconce. She teacher in our city’s public school system at a magnet school. Her magnet is based in Montessori, and she teaches the primary grades (1-3). The school is unable to by new materials for the classroom so Becky spends endless hours creating new materials, recreating materials that have become damaged, and researching new ways to reach her students. All of this have been done while raising her son, and with a baby on the way.

    She values that students need much more than reading books to get a great education. She focuses her teaching on hands on learning and strives to meet each children individual needs, while meeting the needs of the whole classroom. She always reaches for the stars when thinking of her students and has tried many avenues in order to bring the best to them.

    She encourages her students to never give up and shares her love of learning with them. She learns with her students through asking questions and making sure their questions are answered.

    Due to recent times all school systems in our state have received less government money. This has made a huge impact on Mrs. Sconce’s school and the other schools in her district. Her school has near an %80 free/reduced lunch rate. Many of the parents in the district has lost jobs, which means that parents are not able to help donate items to the classroom.

    Overall, Becky is one of the best teachers I know. She selflessly gives herself to her students everyday in order to provide them with opportunities to build a better future.

  3. says

    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.

  4. MJ says

    I’d like to nominate another of our kindergarten team – Angie. Angie is a wonderful teacher who loves watching /helping her students learn.
    She also happened to teach both of my sons! Her classroom is friendly and inviting. She works extra hard with struggling students even during her “free’ times. She comes up with innovative ideas to reach these students which ishe is always willing to share!
    Since our school’s funds are frozen due to budget issues, she would appreciate the gift card.


  5. Vanessa R says

    Kristel Hansen works as a science teacher at a jr high in West Valley City, Utah. This year she isn’t getting any help with science supplies, and not always lab supplies either. She buys those out of pocket.

    In order to inspire her students, she presents one with a “Student of the Week” award…out of her own pocket also.

    The school doesn’t have air conditioning, and it’s pretty hot in her classroom – upstairs with no windows. She buys them bottled water and Otter pops to help cool it down, and brings in her own swamp coolers and fans to make it cooler.

    She also coaches soccer there, and spent $60 of her own money to repaint the soccer field since the school ran out.

    She stays on her own time, unpaid, after school to help students with her homework and do soccer coaching.

    I know this card would help her out so much – even if just for ink for the printers. They only get so many copies a year, and have to pay for anything over their allowance.

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