OfficeMax Encourages Communities to Join in Supporting Teachers with School Supplies Through 'A Day Made Better'

Fifth Anniversary of 'A Day Made Better' Will Surprise 1,000 Teachers Nationwide on October 4 with $1,000 in Much-Needed Classroom Supplies

Sep 19, 2011, 08:30 ET from OfficeMax Incorporated

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To provide economic relief and encourage national support for teachers, OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) will donate $1 million in classroom supplies to teachers nationwide through its annual A Day Made Better teacher surprise events on Tuesday, October 4.

This marks the fifth anniversary of the A Day Made Better, in which OfficeMax will surprise 1,000 teachers with $1,000 each worth of school supplies. OfficeMax, a leader in office products and services, worked with nonprofit partner, Adopt-A-Classroom, to identify recipient schools in need across the country. Principals at the schools then nominated a teacher who exemplified passion, dedication, and innovation in the classroom.

Make a Teacher's Day Better in Your Community

New this year, communities can get involved in supporting and surprising teachers in their local schools with much-needed classroom supplies. Here's how you can help:

  • In-Store Teacher Supply Drive – Through October 1st, donate teacher supplies to A Day Made Better donation boxes at each of OfficeMax's approximately 900 stores nationwide. Products collected through the in-store supply drive will be donated to local schools as an extra surprise on October 4th.  
  • Teacher Supply Gift Boxes – Surprise a deserving teacher in your community by donating your own A Day Made Better box filled with classroom supplies. Visit and chose from three box sizes, including a $25 starter kit, $50 classroom box or a $100 classroom box.  Each branded A Day Made Better gift box comes with a variety of school supplies, an A Day Made Better t-shirt and instructions for selecting and conducting your own surprise event.

About A Day Made Better

Teachers spend approximately $1,000 out of their own pockets each year to offset school budget shortfalls and ensure that their students have the necessary classroom resources for learning(1). OfficeMax's A Day Made Better program, in partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom, aims to help end the need for teacher-funded classrooms.

Since 2007, OfficeMax's A Day Made Better and its nonprofit partner Adopt-A-Classroom have funded more than 4,500 classrooms with more than $4.5 million in school supplies, and helped secure funding for more than 66,000 classrooms through donations to Adopt-A-Classroom.

For more information about A Day Made Better, visit To learn more about adopting a classroom, visit  

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office products.  The OfficeMax mission is simple.  We help our customers do their best work.  The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and individual consumers.  OfficeMax customers are served by approximately 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce and nearly 1,000 stores.  Since 2007, OfficeMax Goodworks programs have served communities and schools, contributing more than $14 million in grants and supplies to support teachers and classrooms. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit

About Adopt-A-Classroom

Adopt-A-Classroom is a national, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting classroom teachers and ensuring all children have equal access to a quality education.  Since 1998, the organization has raised over $16 million on behalf of classrooms across America.  Donors form meaningful partnerships with classroom teachers and students.  Teachers benefit from the ability to purchase resources that create a more engaging learning environment, and students benefit from the knowledge that someone in the community cares about their success. To support a classroom, visit

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(1)2005 National Education Association survey. Confirmed by an OfficeMax survey of teachers in June 2009.

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