Students at Riverside Early Learning Center gathered for an assembly Oct. 2 where teacher Kristy Hughett was surprised with $1,000 worth of classroom supplies as part of the OfficeMax's seventh annual A Day Made Better program.
"Wow - what a great surprise," Hughett said. "I'm so grateful to OfficeMax for this donation. The students in my classroom and at Riverside will enjoy all the great stuff."
The average American teacher spends approximately $1,000 out of pocket on essential classroom supplies, according to OfficeMax, which along with AdoptAClassroom.org joined together to create A Day Made Better to help ease the financial burden for teachers. Hughett was a local winner among 1,000 teachers nationally who were honored with this surprise.
"OfficeMax recognizes the challenges that teachers face every day," Rachael Cook, local OfficeMax store manager said, "Surprising a teacher with supplies for the year is a way we can give back to those who dedicate themselves to educating our children."
Selected teachers were nominated by their principals for demonstrating passion, dedication and innovation in the classroom.
"Ms. Hughett is truly a passionate teacher," said Lis Ristau, principal at Riverside Early Learning Center. "She puts countless hours and dollars into her classroom to provide a caring and loving learning environment for all her kids, meeting each diverse need. She is very deserving of this honor."