OfficeMax and Mom Bloggers Partner to Erase Teacher-Funded Classrooms

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What do you get when you combine a giving organization like OfficeMax with a group of charitable bloggers? A positive difference for education and a big step toward erasing teacher-funded classrooms.

In September 2009, OfficeMax partnered with Mom It Forward and 32 women in different locations across the US to raise awareness about its A Day Made Better program in partnership with Adopt-a-Classroom. Each blogger hosted an event in her area with unique themes from play dates and cocktail parties to book clubs and the one we hosted in Salt Lake City—a Girls' Game Night Out. The cost of entrance? A donation of school supplies to benefit one teacher in the local area.

The parties were put on in conjunction with OfficeMax's overarching A Day Made Better campaign where it provided $1,000 in school supplies to 1,000 teachers across the US.

Even though our event took place in October, it took 5 months to get the donations in the hands of the recipient—Krystal, a blogger and 2nd-grade teacher extraordinaire. I wish I could be in her classroom when she shows the amazing goodies to her students. If their excitement at all matches her enthusiasm (see pic above and video below), it'll be a memorable day for all!

Thanks to OfficeMax for providing the opportunity to partner in this amazing outreach for education. Thanks to Kristina and Stephanie for hosting yesterday's blogger luncheon. To learn more about how you can help in your area, visit

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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