For Mrs. Kellie Whitten, and 999 other exemplary teachers across the United States, October 1, 2008 was their “Day Made Better.” Mrs. Whitten is the admirable art teacher at Elm Street School and it was time for her to get some recognition. At exactly 10 a.m. on October 1, 1,000 teachers across America were surprised by OfficeMax associates, media, and school administrators with over $1,000 worth of supplies. Mary Martin, E.S.S Principal states that Mrs. Whitten was selected to receive this recognition because she is resourceful and always willing to share resources with students and her colleagues.

Mrs. Martin notes that Mrs. Whitten has a great commitment to the arts. At Elm Street School, they brought in flowers, a new desk chair, and a huge box filled with classroom supplies such as: pencils, a pencil sharpener, new scissors, a label maker, and even Kleenex tissues. Mrs. Whitten also received a digital camera. “I was in complete shock!” says Whitten. “I had a class of fourth graders who were painting and then the principal, superintendent, and two men from OfficeMax came in with all these gifts. I didn’t know what to say or do!” That was a really thoughtful thing to do for Mrs. Whitten and all of the other teachers for all their hard work and dedication. Congratulations Mrs. Whitten, and thank you for all you do!

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