$100 OfficeMax Gift Card Awarded Each Week To A Public School Teacher in Washington State
Scroll down this page to see the list of winners and click to visit their award page.
When attorney Chris Davis and his wife heard the shocking statistics of teacher spending their own money to support classroom needs they knew that they had to help. They created the Davis Law Group School Supplies Gift Program, in partnership with OfficeMax, to help teachers in Washington State Public Schools get the supplies that they need. Both Chris and Mischelle’s mothers were public school teachers. They wanted to find a way to recognize teachers for their commitment and help relieve some of their financial burden. OfficeMax also works to eliminate teacher funded programs, therefore are supplying the gift cards for the program.
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Shocking Statistics: Teachers Spend Their Own Money On Classroom Supplies
A whopping 97% of public school teachers frequently dip into their own pockets to purchase necessary classroom supplies. The poor economy and shriveled budgets have pushed officials to make cuts that are so deep that teachers are spending more of their own money with hopes that their students won't feel the pinch. They are spending their own money on software, educational games, paper, crayons, pencils, glue and other similar materials. And some are purchasing supplies for those students that just can't afford to buy the basics.
According to a study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), public school teachers in the United States spent more than $1.33 billion out of pocket on supplies and instructional materials in the 2009-2010 school year. Another survey revealed that teachers spend on average $356 per year of their own money on supplies and resources.
How It Works: Nominate A Teacher Today
Each week during the school year Davis Law Group will give a $100 OfficeMax gift card to one lucky teacher to use in their classroom.
- Anyone can nominate a teacher. A teacher can nominate themselves, the can be nominated by a parent, student, administrator, etc.
- A teacher or classroom is only eligible to win one time per academic school year.
- At this time only teachers within Washington State Public School system in are eligible.
- Winners will be notified via email.
- Information about the weekly winners and their classrooms will also be posted on the Davis Law Group website.
Past School Supply Gift Winners
- Robert Cockerham, Cherry Crest Elementary School
- Lori Scallan, Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School
- Megan Parnell, Hazel Valley Elementary School
- Michelle Crane, White Center Heights Elementary School
- Connie Lawrence, Kimball Elementary School
- Sue Wilson, Arbor Heights Elementary School
- Libby LeCompte, Sherwood Elementary School
- Carol Sanders, Silver Firs Elementary School
- Kelly Smith, Cedar Valley Community School
- Melora Rouse, Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School
- Dan Sundstrom, Robert Gray Elementary School
- Kathy Saxon, Denny International Middle School
- Kevin Gallagher, Bryant Elementary School
- Kris Sawin, AJ West Elementary School
- Debbie Bermet, Olympic Hills Elementary School
- Julie Pasma, Washington Elementary School
- Kelye Kneeland, Eastgate Elementary School
- Deb Helgeson, West Seattle Elementary School
- Anne Matthey, Woodside Elementary School
- Donna Schwendeman, Gatewood Elementary School
- Yaravi Angell-Astete, Woodin Elementary School
- Stacy Liverman, Northgate Elementary School
- Cherrie Adams, Graham Hill Elementary School
- Tiffany Evenstad, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
- Patsy Yamada, Graham Hill Elementary School
- Andrew Zillig, B.F. Day Elementary School
- Jennifer Quisenberry, Olympic Hills Elementary
- Dano Beal, Lafayette Elementary School, West Seattle
- Carrie Pluger, Graham Hill Elementary School, Seward Park, Seattle
- Stephanie Chen, Beacon Hill International School
- Ginny Allemann, Thornton Creek School
- Annabel Garcia-Anderson, Dunlap Elementary School
- Kate Sipe, Green Lake Elementary School
- Nancy Hunter, Lawton Elementary
- Christine Blea, McClure Middle School
- Donna Amira, Dunlap Elementary School
- Kathleen Kendrick, B.F. Day Elementary School
- Mary Gallagher Cummings, Kimball Elementary