'A Day Made Better' initiative recognizes teachers for their
extraordinary passion, creativity, innovation, and a commitment to
TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian office solutions provider Grand &
Toy today announced the 17 dedicated teachers from publicly-funded
schools who are the recipients of its 2012 'A Day Made Better' award (www.grandandtoy.com/betterday).
The initiative rewards exceptional kindergarten to grade 8 teachers with
a massive box, containing $1,500 worth of classroom supplies, including
an environmentally preferable and ergonomic chair donated by Safco
Products. According to survey results released in 2010 by the Canadian
Teachers' Federation, the average Canadian teacher spent $453 in
out-of-pocket expenses to fund classroom needs, such as supplies or
"Teachers are often unsung heroes, going above and beyond in order to
help ensure a bright future for our children," said Kevin Edwards, Vice
President Marketing, U.S. & Canada, OfficeMax / Grand & Toy. "When I
hear about how teachers put their own money into the classroom, as well
as all the time and energy they put into their work, I am inspired by
their incredible commitment to our children. We are extremely proud at
Grand & Toy to be able to support them as they help educate the next
generation of Canadians."
Now in its fourth year, the national 'A Day Made Better' initiative
received 69 nominations from across the country. This year the program
also added the Learning for a Sustainable Future Greenest Teacher of
the Year Award, in partnership with Learning for a Sustainable Future.
Three teachers have been recognized for their extraordinary commitment
to sustainability and will be given a cash award to be used towards
implementing a sustainability project at their respective schools.
The recognized teachers come from cities and towns across the country
including: Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Surrey B.C, Middle Sackville
N.S., and Bloomfield PEI.
This year's recipients were recognized for their use of technology (such
as the use of Kobo readers, iPads or whiteboards) to help engage
students, by going the extra mile as they keep parents up-to-date on
their child's progress, being deeply involved in the communities they
teach, and instilling respect and understanding for the environment.
Each box presented today contains more than 80 items, including a boom
box with an iPod cradle, a digital camera and innovative arts and
crafts materials. The award also includes a gift that the teacher can
call his or her own, an ergonomic chair.
The Selection Committee includes select staff from both G&T and Learning
for a Sustainable Future. Entries are graded based on a variety of
attributes including: the teacher's passion and commitment to
sustainability; as well as their innovation and inspiration in the
classroom. The winning teachers will be presented with their rewards in
their classrooms today.
About Grand & Toy
Grand & Toy is one of Canada's leading office solutions providers. With
a heritage that dates back to 1882, today's Grand & Toy is committed to
offering sustainable solutions to Canadian business in the areas of
interiors, technology, and imaging in addition to office and facility
supplies. We operate one of the country's largest distribution networks
serving clients coast-to-coast. Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm
commitment to corporate social responsibility through a comprehensive
sustainability strategy that's manifested through numerous internal and
external environmental and social outreach programs. For more
information, visit grandandtoy.com.
Founded in 1991, Learning for a Sustainable Future is a non-profit
Canadian organization inspiring a new generation of responsible
citizens. Working with business, governments, school boards,
universities, educators, youth, and communities across Canada, LSF is a
connector, a resource and a facilitator for change. LSF's mission is
to promote, through education, the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and
practices essential to a sustainable future. For more information,
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