OfficeMax Awards Brown Elementary Media Specialist Heidi Garguilo for ‘A Day Made Better’

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Brown Elementary media specialist Heidi Garguilo got a huge surprise when representatives from OfficeMax visited her office Oct. 2. Garguilo is one of 1,000 national winners in the OfficeMax ‘A Day Made Better’ program, an effort by the company to raise awareness of and eliminate “teacher-funded classrooms” by ‘adopting’ classrooms.

OfficeMax presented Ms. Garguilo with a shopping cart filled with $1,200 in supplies for the Brown media center, including a color printer, digital camera, paper, pens, scissors, label maker and more. She will make all of the supplies available to Brown’s students and staff throughout the year. Ms. Garguilo was nominated for the honor by Brown principal Brett Ward.

‘A Day Made Better’ is a partnership between OfficeMax and the non-profit group Adopt-A-Classroom. The program calls attention to statistics showing that many teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money to purchase basic classroom supplies for their students. OfficeMax hopes this advocacy campaign will inspire communities to provide further support to teachers and eliminate “teacher-funded classrooms.”

More information about the program is available at the ‘A Day Made Better’ Web site.