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S. Col teacher’s day is made

Forest Park teacher’s math test interrupted by a donation of supplies

Forest Park Elementary School teacher Kelli Budney is surrounded by her class after receiving $2,000 worth of school supplies from an Office Max located on Central Avenue for its “A Day Made Better” program.

Forest Park Elementary School teacher Kelli Budney is surrounded by her class after receiving $2,000 worth of school supplies from an Office Max located on Central Avenue for its “A Day Made Better” program.

— “What Mr. Hoban had said was that I’m very involved with my school,” Budney said. “We all do the best we can for our students.”

Budney is involved in several programs at the school. One of the things that stood out to Hoban was the anti-bullying campaign she has been a part of because it is a hot topic and there’s even state legislation on the matter.

Inside the box was a printer, a camera, calculators, pens, pencils, erasers and various other everyday school supplies. Hoban said the store collects donations of supplies from people in the community throughout the year. So in total, Budney received $2,000 worth of supplies.

“There were even some unusual items,” Budney said. “Stuff like a hanging folder rack, a desk calendar. There was a lot of stuff.”

Budney said she was pleased to get the recognition not just because it showcased her hard work, but also because it shed a positive light that teachers have not been under as of late.

“Everyone loves to be recognized,” she said. “In this day and age, it is easy to find negative attitudes in teachers… They may call it ‘A Day Made Better,’ but it kind of made my year.”

Hoban said Office Max has donated supplies to almost 5,500 teachers throughout the country. Even though this wasn’t the first time he had done this, he said each time is special.

“I know they have their own PR person, but it really is one of those experiences where you have to be there to realize how special it is,” he said. “Consider it being on a nationwide basis, this is one out of a thousand teachers out of how many thousands nominated. It’s a really special day.”

So, was Budney mad that the math test her students were taking was abruptly interrupted?

“No, it’s kind of hard to be upset when you’re being given all these gifts,” she said. “I’m sure the kids weren’t upset at all.”

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