Elementary School peer facilitator Rene Fleming is always quick
to lend students and her fellow teachers a helping hand.
"It's just her nature," said Keith Palmer, Turner Elementary
principal. "She will do anything for anybody. Whether it
involves the kids or other teachers in the building, she is
always there to help out in any way she can."
Now, her peers have helped give something back to her.
After being recommended by many of her colleagues and
principals, Fleming recently received more than $1,200 worth of
classroom supplies and was honored through the "A Day Made
Better Program," sponsored by OfficeMax. The nationwide program
was held in early October and honored more than 1,000 teachers
around the country with a wealth of classroom supplies.
"We are excited about this program," said Tim Wetmore, business
relationship manager with OfficeMax. "Teachers like Rene do so
much to help kids and they spend their own money out of their
own pockets to make sure they have the supplies they need for
the classroom. We wanted to help so that our teachers can focus
on educating our children, without worrying about where their
basic classroom supplies will come from."
Wetmore and two Office Max associates caught Fleming by surprise
with the donation. Fleming was presented with flowers, balloons,
a high-back office chair and a large bright orange box that was
filled with supplies.
"This is unbelievable," Fleming said. "I feel so blessed. I am
very grateful to OfficeMax for this generous donation. This gift
will not only be used by me, and I plan to share it with other
teachers as well."
Fleming was nominated through the Adopt-A-Classroom
organization, which recently partnered with OfficeMax. The
mission of the Adopt-A-Classroom initiative is to empower
teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources
for the classroom.
To find out more about the Adopt-A-Classroom campaign and the
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