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Teachers Making A Difference Let’s Help Them

With three children ages 15, 13, and 7 I’ve met my fair share of teachers. One thing I will say are teachers are often under appreciated. As my children moved from grade to grade I made it a point to get to know each teacher. It was much easier when they were in elementary school LOL.

Alphabet on a chalkboard with books

There are a few teachers that stand out to this day. One of them is my oldest son’s second grade teacher. His first grade teacher told me my son was immature for 1st grade and they were originally planning on holding him back because he was behind in reading. However by the end of the year he was where he needed to be to be promoted. His second grade teacher worked with me to find that the “immaturity” was actually ADHD. Once properly diagnosed my son flourished and became a new student. His teacher was a huge part of the process because she would email with me daily with progress reports and let me know what was working and what wasn’t working.

With my second son it was a camp teacher that really impressed me. You could just tell how much he loved the kids he worked with and each year as the kids moved from grade to grade he too moved up so he was taking care of, working, and teaching the same children. He was always polite and really encouraged my son.

This year my daughter’s first grade teacher is exactly what my idea of a teacher should be. She genuinely loves her children. She was sick one day but felt she would be ok. They actually had to call an ambulance for her and she was out for many weeks. Her immediate thought was that the kids experienced her not feeling well and knew she was taken to the hospital. She writes personal notes to let us know what is going on in class and is just such a wonderful and caring person.

Kindergarten teacher and children with hands raised in library

Having experience with so many teachers many have said that they don’t always get such interaction with parents. They also often have to buy many supplies for their classroom to have what they need and want to do their lessons. While parents do try to help out I know it is not easy for them to always ask. So today Office Depot and I encourage you as a teacher or a parent to sign up your class for 100% of donations goes directly to teachers, so they don’t have to spend their own money on supplies.


Office Depot recognizes the contributions teachers make every day to support students:

  • $1,000: Out-of-pocket amount spent by the average teacher each year on essential classroom supplies
  • 92%: Percentage of teachers who report spending their own money on classroom supplies
  • $1.3 billion: Total out-of-pocket amount spent nationally by teachers on classroom supplies each year

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. I love, love, love this! When I was still teaching, I spent SO MUCH MONEY on classroom supplies. This program is awesome.

  2. What a great program.

  3. Leilani says:

    I think this is a great program. I think it’s ridiculous that teachers have to spend their own money on classroom supplies when they make next to nothing for all the hard work they do.

  4. This is fantastic! I love the way Office Depot is supporting teachers and children’s education!

  5. teacher really do deserve recognition and so much more

  6. Vanessa: the queen of swag ! says:

    What a great opportunity to thank teachers!

  7. Mellisa says:

    Sounds like a great program!

  8. I think we all have teachers who stand out in our minds. They are so under-appreciated!

  9. I appreciate what they’re doing – since I used to work in a school 🙂

  10. We used to do adoptaclassroom every year when my daughter was in middle school because her FFA class and Zoo class really needed the help. Luckily, her school this year is really overfunded so we donate money to my niece’s teacher at a different school!

  11. This is a great program.

  12. Meghan @JaMonkey says:

    Wow I didn’t realize how much teachers pay!

  13. As a daughter of a teacher, I know exactly how much my mom pays out of pocket for her students. They only get a couple hundred dollars a year for supplies, everything else comes from their pockets.

  14. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week at my kids’ school and the parents are doing some really cool things for the staff. This Friday is my favorite, I get to take a special lunch to three teachers. Presentation is key and I can’t wait!!!!!

  15. We have been so lucky to have so many special teachers already touch our lives. One has become a very close friend of mine, another will retire this summer after her 50th year of teaching, and my son’s special education teacher is a true angel!

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