Three teachers in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 received welcome surprises Tuesday when representatives of OfficeMax arrived in their classrooms as part of the company's nationwide A Day Made Better campaign.
The teachers -- Brandy Bushby at Georgetown Elementary School, Dana Watts at McCarty Elementary School, and Becky Sikora at Welch Elementary School -- each received an award and $1,000 worth of classroom supplies.
The program honored 1,000 teachers across the country. Winning teachers were nominated by their principals for demonstrating passion, dedication and innovation in the classroom.
OfficeMax officials said they created the program in response to studies showing teachers spend an estimated $1,000 a year out of their own pockets on essential classroom supplies. OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom combined in 2007 to create A Day Made Better to deliver school supplies worth a combined $4.5 million since the program's inception.
Indian Prairie covers portions of Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield and Bolingbrook.