A Bascomb Elementary School teacher was chosen as one of several educators across the country who will receive $1,000 worth of classroom supplies.
OfficeMax's store on Highway 92 in Woodstock dispatched a team with flowers, a new chair and a large box filled with supplies, such as an Amazon Kindle book reader, a digital camera, label maker, binders copy paper and other goodies.
The team surprised Hellenga on Tuesday. Bascomb also received a second big box of supplies for all teachers to share.
Hellenga has taught for more than 25 years. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in education and completed her master’s and specialist degrees from Mercer University and Georgia State University. She and her husband, Brett, have two daughters.
"I enjoy teaching, and it's my hope my enthusiasm for learning spreads to each child I am lucky to teach," Hellenga said.
Research shows that teachers spend roughly $1,000 out-of-pocket each year on essential classroom supplies.
OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom joined forces to create A Day Made Better, which rewards notable teachers for their commitment to students.
On Tuesday, 1,000 teachers across the country received surprise deliveries of school supplies from OfficeMax worth a total of $1.7 million. Winning teachers were nominated by their schools for demonstrating passion, dedication and innovation in the classroom.
Since 2007, OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better and other OfficeMax Goodworks programs have funded more than $25 million in grants and school supplies to support more than 31,000 teachers and their classrooms.