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Teacher Patty Novak is recipient of $1,000 worth of school resources and supplies

Patty Novak's class benefits from more than $1,000 in school supplies from OfficeMax. (Star Gazette photo by Jane Lightbourn)1 / 2
Kennedy Elementary School teacher Patty Novak is presented a bouquet of flowers in recognition of being named "A Day Made Better" recipient. (Star Gazette photo by Jane Lightbourn)2 / 2

Many times, teachers throughout Hastings and the country supplement their school supply budgets with their own funds.

Last week, Kennedy Elementary School fourth grade teacher Patty Novak got an unexpected boost to help keep her students supplied with necessary items for the year.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers nationwide with nearly $1.9 million in school supplies. At Kennedy, two OfficeMax representatives surprised Novak with flowers and a cart filled with $1,000 worth of school supplies.

Novak's fellow teachers and Principal Diane Smith nominated her for the "A Day Made Better" award.

This year marks the sixth year of the "A Day Made Better" program. Office Max donated $1 million, while its consumers and business clients contributed nearly $900,000 in additional school supplies through this summer's in-store supply drive held at OfficeMax locations nationwide.

"Office Max is proud to be in its sixth year of 'A Day Made Better' because we want teachers and students nationwide to have the resources they need for success in the classroom," said Carolynn Brooks, OfficeMax Charitable Foundation president. "OfficeMax shoppers and business clients have joined the cause because they recognize that their contributions have a positive effect on the community and ultimately contribute to an educated workforce."

New this year, throughout October, OfficeMax will also accept monetary donations for the Adopt A Classroom project. These donations are placed into a special account for use by schools which participated in "A Day Made Better."