OfficeMax of Raymore surprised students and staff at Peculiar Elementary School Oct. 1 by awarding more than $1,000 in school supplies and gifts to teacher Michelle Claus.
The award included a basket of flowers, a new office chair, a Kindle fire, a digital camera and a label maker.
OfficeMax also presented hundreds of dollars 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 with $1,000 each worth of school supplies – $1 million total.
Claus teaches third grade at Peculiar 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 May Better program.
“This is incredible,” Claus said, as she looked into the box of gifts. “I can’t believe it. Thank you.”
Store Leader Dwight Crosby presented the award to Claus during an all-school assembly. He said that the OfficeMax program was created to show support for schools and teachers. OfficeMax knows that teachers pay for many classroom supplies using their own funds. He also praised the generosity of the Raymore community for donating supplies to be used by the entire school.
This is the seventh year for OfficeMax to conduct the A Day Made Better program.