Lisa Gamster, a La Grange Highlands Middle School teacher, was one of 1,000 teachers and/or schools nationwide to receive a donation of $1,000 in school supplies from OfficeMax last week, the Doings La Grange reports.
La Grange Highlands Middle School Principal Brian Graber told the paper Gamster was nominated for the passion she shows for her students and learning.
"Teachers and education are a part of the crucial infrastructure necessary to build a promising future for our children, and yet many teachers and schools face significant challenges to make ends meet in the classroom due to budget shortfalls," Carolynn Brooks, vice president, chief diversity officer and president of OfficeMax Charitable Foundation said in a statement.
"OfficeMax is proud to be hosting its seventh year of A Day Made Better, where we join our customers in helping teachers and schools secure the supplies they need to succeed."
About A Day Made Better
To the average American teacher, "back to school" means spending $1,000 out of pocket on essential classroom supplies. The OfficeMax A Day Made Better program, in partnership with its non-profit partner AdoptAClassroom.org, aims to help end the need for teacher-funded classrooms. Since 2007, A Day Made Better and other OfficeMax Goodworks programs have contributed more than $25 million in grants and supplies to support more than 31,000 teachers and their classrooms. Additionally, through the annual event, OfficeMax has helped its nonprofit partner AdoptAClassroom.org secure funding for more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.