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Educators at Albert Harris Elementary receive surprise
Office Max dontates school supplies
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Albert Harris Principal Felicia Preston (left) and teacher Alice Penn are surprised to see that Office Max also was donating several school supplies to the school. Presented by Natasha Akers, Office Max sales consultant (far right). (Bulletin photo by Ashley Jackson)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

By ASHLEY JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer

Office Max employees were full of surprises on Wednesday as they visited Albert Harris Elementary School.

As part of Office Max’s nationwide campaign “A Day Made Better,” Office Max employees presented Alice Penn, a special education teacher at Albert Harris Elementary School, with a box full of school supplies, a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication to education and a dozen roses.

Penn received $1,000 worth of merchandise including a label maker, laminator, digital camera, computer chair and other classroom supplies.

“I’m overwhelmed that they were so generous,” Penn said. “It’s things that I really needed” and that the students can use as well, she added.

“‘You have helped me out tremendously,’” Penn said to the Office Max employees.

Office Max assistant manager Allen Crowder said the company understands how dedicated teachers are to their jobs and how much money they spend out of pocket to supply their classrooms. The campaign is “a way to give back to those teachers and their dedication,” he added.

Penn was nominated to receive the donation by former Albert Harris principal Tamra Vaughan, Crowder said.

Not only did Penn get a surprise, but Albert Harris Principal Felicia Preston did as well.

After supplies were delivered to Penn and Preston was sharing in Penn’s excitement, Office Max employees rolled in another box full of supplies.

That box included $1,000 worth of school supplies donated by Office Max customers. The items are to be distributed throughout the school as needed, Crowder said.

“‘You all do not know what this means to us,’” Preston said to Office Max employees while wiping away her tears.

“It was very unexpected and such a blessing,” Preston said. “Our students really do appreciate this and it means a lot to our staff as well.”

Everyone is “going to enjoy it (the supplies) ... I know they will,” Preston added.


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