OfficeMax of Raymore surprised the students and staff at Raymore Elementary School on Oct. 2 by awarding more than $1,000 in school supplies and gifts to teacher Heather Phillips. The award included flowers, a new desk chair, a digital camera, a laminator, laptop case, backpack and much more.
OfficeMax also presented more than $5,000 worth of school supplies for use by the entire school. The supplies were donated by customers and community members.
The presentation was part of the A Day Made Better program, in which OfficeMax associates surprise 1,000 teachers across the country in their classrooms with $1,000 each worth of school supplies – $1 million total.
Phillips teaches special education at Raymore Elementary School. She had been nominated and selected as a finalist earlier this year for Raymore-Peculiar Teacher of the Year. Her nomination was forwarded to OfficeMax for consideration as part of the A Day Made Better program.
“I can’t believe this,” Phillips said. “Thank you so much. Thank you.”
Dwight Crosby, store manager for the Raymore OfficeMax, praised the generosity of the Raymore community. “We have the smallest store in our district, and we collected more donations (in school supplies) than all of the bigger stores,” he said.
Principal Michelle Hofmann said that after the supplies were unpacked, the school would determine how best to distribute them.