Teacher enjoys ‘A Day Made Better’

Longfellow Elementary second-grade teacher Angie Dangel said she isn’t usually at a loss for words, but she was on Tuesday morning, when OfficeMax of Minot presented her with $1,000 in classroom supplies as part of its annual “A Day Made Better” national school advocacy programs.

“This is like Christmas!” Dangel told her students, finding her voice as she examined a box filled with goodies ranging from a new digital camera, to a Kindle, to paperclips. “This is a real treasure box!” The kids, who had been let in on the surprise moments before Dangel came into the classroom, were been silent as church mice while OfficeMax store manager Karen Myers made the presentations. Afterwards, the second-graders crowded around the box, holding up items for Dangel to look at.

Dangel was nominated for the award by her principal, Tracey Lawson, who said Dangel is a dedicated and creative teacher. If anyone deserved to have her day made a little better, it was Dangel, said Lawson. She added that Dangel is one of many excellent teachers at Longfellow and she could have nominated any one of them.

Myers said the chain surprised 1,000 teachers in 1,000 locations, all on Oct. 1, giving out $1 million in all.

Nationwide, the average teacher spends about $1,000 out of pocket on classroom supplies for her own classroom, said Myers, so this program is one way to call attention to the problem.

Myers said that the Minot store has been surprising teachers at area schools for several years. Teachers have to be nominated by their principals. This year, the Minot OfficeMax wanted to help out a school that was flooded during the Souris River Flood of 2011, which was one of the reasons why Longfellow was chosen.

Longfellow was heavily damaged in the flood of 2011, but renovation was complete in time for the new school year in August.