‘A Day Made Better’ for Golden Empire kindergarten teacher
Renee Mondzak surprised with $1,000 in classroom supplies from OfficeMax

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Golden Empire Elementary School kindergarten teacher Renee Mondzak received a nice surprise today — $1,000 in classroom supplies as part of OfficeMax’s national “A Day Made Better” program.

Mondzak, who has taught for 22 years, thought she was bringing her students onto the blacktop in compliance with a fire drill. Once all Golden Empire’s students were assembled outside, Principal Irene Eister announced that Mondzak had been selected to receive a van-full of items such as pens, pencils, a camera, a laminator and a jump drive.

“Oh my goodness!” said a shocked Mondzak.”I have to work at least 10 more years now!”

Eister said she nominated Mondzak for the honor because “she’s amazing. She’s fabulous. She’s above and beyond.”

Mondzak was among 1,000 teachers nationally nominated by their principals for OfficeMax supplies because of their extraordinary efforts in the classroom.

Since 2007, “A Day Made Better” and other OfficeMax Goodworks programs have contributed more than $18 million in grants and supplies to support more than 29,000 teachers and their classrooms.

The OfficeMax on Power Inn Road has partnered with Golden Empire on fundraisers and other projects for several years, said store manager Stacy Blackhurst. “OfficeMax realizes how much teachers spend on their classrooms and we want to help,” she added.

 According to OfficeMax research, the average American teacher spends between $400 and $1,000 on classroom supplies annually.