COLONIE Fourth grade Forest Park Elementary School teacher Kelli Budney wasn’t exactly expecting to see $1,000 worth of school supplies when she walked into her classroom on Tuesday, Oct. 4, but it certainly made her day a little better.
“I kept waiting for Ashton Kutcher and his crew to come by,” Budney said. “I was completely overwhelmed. It was a tremendous surprise. It was heartwarming to see a company like Office Max really stand behind teachers like that.”
Workers from the Office Max located on Central Avenue dropped by on that Tuesday to deliver to Budney $1,000 worth of school supplies as a part of the national program called “A Day Made Better.” The school nominates a teacher deserving of the award and the nominations are handed to the corporate office, where a teacher is chosen to receive supplies from each of the 1,000 Office Max stores in the nation.
Frank Hoban, the store manager at the Office Max on Central Avenue, said many teachers are using their own resources to help students in their classes. Even though he had that Tuesday off, he decided to help deliver the supplies anyways.
“This is the fifth one I’ve done,” he said. “I came in because of the satisfaction I get from surprising a teacher and seeing the emotion from the children when you show up there. Being able to see a teacher’s expression when they realize they’re being honored for their hard work, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Before Hoban and his crew came into Budney’s class, she was administering a math test. Just a few minutes before 10 a.m., two of her students were called down to the main office. They came back at 10 a.m. with one student carrying flowers and the other holding a certificate from Office Max. The students were then accompanied by Hoban and Principal Patrick Gunner, who then explained to Budney what exactly was going on.