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Crestwood Elementary School kindergarten teacher Tina Taylor said she was startled when her name was called by Principal Lori Wright during a surprise assembly Monday in the school’s gymnasium. Wright and several Office Max staff members were on hand to present Taylor with the “A Day Made Better” award, and $1,200 worth of classroom supplies.
“We realize that teachers are provided with limited resources and a limited budget,” said regional Office Max representative Tony Elsbury. “Teachers spend an average of $1,200 out-of-pocket each year for supplies for their classroom.”
Wright said she nominated Taylor for the award because she shows lots of energy and enthusiasm and she never quits.
“Office Max recognizes that teachers spend money out of their pockets so you guys have really cool things to learn with,” Wright said when addressing the student body. “They came up with this award to recognize a teacher who makes every day better for his or her students.”
Taylor received a new office chair along with a fall bouquet, a plaque and a huge box full of classroom supplies.
“I want to thank Mrs. Wright, who is the best principal I’ve ever worked for,” Taylor said. “I want to thank my parents, who put me through school and my husband for always being so supportive. Crestwood is an awesome school, go Cougars!”