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Rorimer Teacher Surprised with $1,200 of Classroom Supplies by OfficeMax

RORIMER ELEMENTARY TEACHER SELECTED FOR NATIONAL“A DAY MADE BETTER” EVENT BY OFFICEMAX --Third grade teacher Mrs. Tracey Pryor from Rorimer Elementary School in La Puente was shocked when a team from OfficeMax and her Principal Audrey Hicks surprised her -- she was selected as one of 1,300 teachers across the nation for the “A Day Made Better” event. Her students applauded and gasped, “It’s like Christmas!” as a giant box was brought in, filled with

$1,200 of classroom supplies. She was also presented a brand new leather swivel office chair.


“Every teacher at Rorimer is worthy of recognition,” said Hicks. “In surprising one teacher with an outpouring of supplies from OfficeMax, I selected Ms. Pryor who truly sees herself as a lifelong learner. She is a true professional who is always seeking new creative strategies

to meet the needs of the individual students. After attending any training, she immediately implements and embraces the new strategies to make learning interactive and come alive for students. She shares her ideas and expertise with other teachers as well.”


The surprise in-school ceremonies were part of the “A Day Made Better” event, where OfficeMax seeks to educate and motivate the public to take action and partner with schools in their community to help erase teacher-funded classrooms. According to national studies conducted

by the National Education Association, teachers spend nearly $1,200 out of their own pockets each year for basic classroom supplies – adding up, nationally, to about $4 billion a year.


Principals at elementary schools were asked to nominate a teacher for his/her innovative

approach to teaching, and dedication and passion for education. For more information about “A Day Made Better” visit


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