Giveaway: Show My Teacher the Money!

Hey Ladies!  I can’t tell even come close to explaining to you how much I adore teachers.  My oldest son has high functioning autism and my second son has ADHD.  Working hand-in-hand with their teachers (or angels on earth as I refer to them) has been such a blessing to our family and has helped them become the amazing young men that they are today.

Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to partner with OfficeMax & Mom It Forward to spread the word about the A Day Made Better campaign.


Did you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? ThatÂ’s $4 billion annually! That’s why OfficeMax joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create “A Day Made Better”—a national cause event founded to erase teacher-funded classrooms. This year, “A Day Made Better” will take place on October 6 where 1,000 teachers will be surprised in their classrooms each with $1,000 worth of essential supplies from OfficeMax. ThatÂ’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…

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


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 .

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.
  • 2. Post these messages on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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

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 youÂ’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.

Max Moms

I realize the giveaway criteria is a bit more intense that you’re used to here on Tip Junkie. However, it’s to benefit the amazing teachers who educate and take care of our kiddos every day. I hope you’ll help me spread the word!


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  1. 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.

  2. Debbie B. teaches across the hall from me. She is a wonderful kindergarten teacher. She believes that active learning is important! We share ideas and materials frequently.
    She classroom is warm and inviting. She has been teaching for 31 years and still shows her excitement each and every day.
    Last year, I missed many days when my Mom was ill and passed away. Debbie made sure my classroom was running smoothly. (Her Mom was my substitute even!) She even did my progress reports for me.
    Debbie is a caring friend and a great teacher!


  3. I realize that your contest doesn’t include the option to enter via comment that the other Max Moms does… but I figured that I might as well give it a shot since I didn’t do a blog post for this contest! Thanks for the opportunity to share this with my daughter’s former teacher!


    My sister-in-law is a teacher but I’m not nominating her because my kids have never had her as a teacher. And although I’m sure she is wonderful, that’s kind of biased of me.

    I would nominate my daughter’s current teachers but honestly, we just started school so I really don’t know them well enough to say “These teachers rock!” By the end of the year (or even half way through) I’ll probably be saying that.

    But I would like to nominate my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher, Mr. Jones, from last year. He did rock. Not only was he open to me bringing new products in that I received to test, but he embraced them and made them his own. (IE Purchasing supplies to help me with this project ) But more important is the impact he had on my daughter. She enter kindergarten with an IEP – a speech and language issue we’ve been battling since she was two. Well, during kindergarten she excelled. Halfway through, she already knew and could read all the words that she was supposed to know by the end of 1st grade. He worked with her, taught her… and before the end of kindergarten, they released her from her IEP. An accomplishment seldom experienced by teachers.

    And here’s the clincher… she started first grade and was invited to join the gifted program. Now THAT’S the sign of a great teacher. I would love to reward him with this promotion.

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