The Office Depot REAL Change Project #TeachersChangeLives


Until adulthood, I took my teachers for granted.  I appreciated them, but I had no idea how many hours they spent working from home, how much time they spent thinking about their students, and how much of their own money some teachers use for classroom supplies. Now that I have kids of my own, I see teachers in a whole new light.

My son has flourished in his first year of elementary school. He has adored his teacher from day one. I love her too. Why? Because her positive energy is inspiring and the kids feel it. Her confidence and cheerful spirit makes the kids feel at home in her classroom. She understands the children's need to engage with their peers and encourages them to share their thoughts. She respects them and they respect her. Subsequently, my son has learned a tremendous amount throughout the year and, as a mom, I couldn't ask for anything more!

My sister was a kindergarten teacher, and that's when I first realized what a huge undertaking it is to educate our children. I remember my mom shipping her boxes of classroom supplies to help her out.  Did you know...

  • $1,000 is the average out-of-pocket amount spent by teachers each year on essential classroom supplies.
  • In total, U.S. teachers spend 1.3 billion dollars by on classroom supplies each year.
  • 92% of teachers report spending their own money on classroom supplies.

  • Now, as the school year comes to an end, I want to take a moment to recognize all of the hard-working teachers who are educating the future leaders of our world.  Office Depot also recognizes the contributions teachers make daily to support students and they want to help them out.
    Office Depot is working with their charity partner,, which partners donors with teachers who are in need of critical resources and materials for their classrooms. Once registered, teachers are eligible for funding from donors nationwide. 100% of donations goes directly to teachers, so they don't have to spend their own money on supplies. It's really easy for teachers for register a classroom or for parents to support a classroom here.
    Do you donate supplies to your children's classroom. What is one thing that classrooms always need more of?

    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.