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Surprise classroom gift makes a good day better

October 14, 2009
Barb Iverson
Barb Iverson and her second-grade students examine the $1,000 of new classroom supplies they received courtesy of OfficeMax.
Second-grade teacher Barb Iverson led her students into the Hayhurst Elementary School library expecting to hear Principal Robin Morrison share a new book. Instead, Iverson was plopped into a new leather desk chair and told that the chair — along with a massive box of classroom supplies and a printer — were headed back to the classroom with her.
Iverson was honored Oct. 6 as part of OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better.” Across the nation, representatives of the office supply chain made surprise visits to deliver supplies to 1,000 elementary school teachers. The value of each set of supplies: $1,000.

This is the third year for “A Day Made Better.” OfficeMax spokesman Bob Thacker explains the rationale:

“Teachers inspire and shape our country’s greatest asset, our children, and it is astounding that they are left to cover the cost of doing a good job. We hope that today’s events will generate a grassroots movement in support of teachers and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference.”

Also receiving supplies was Peninsula teacher Joey Chase (right), pictured with Principal Carlos Galindo.

OfficeMax worked with the organization Adopt-A-Classroom to identify schools for “A Day Made Better,” and each principal was invited to nominate one teacher who exemplified passion, dedication and innovation in the classroom. Presenting the gifts at Hayhurst were representatives of the Tigard OfficeMax.

Morrison, the principal, praised Iverson for her efforts — while noting that all of her teachers were deserving of recognition.

Other teachers honored in Portland Public Schools were Sally Stephenson, fifth grade, Grout Elementary School; Joey Chase, third grade, Peninsula K-8 School; Curtis Wilson III, second grade, Sitton Elementary School, and Tara Branham, sixth through eighth grade, Sunnyside Environmental School.

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