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New Zealand’s exceptional teachers deserve A Day Made Better

New Zealand’s finest educators are set to be recognised as OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better programme kicks off for the fifth year.

Nominations are now open for the national search, which sees outstanding primary and intermediate teachers rewarded for their contribution to education and learning.

Fifteen teachers, nominated by their fellow educational professionals, will have their day made better by the OfficeMax team.

Alongside a $1000 prize pack of OfficeMax arts and crafts, stationery and office supplies for their classroom, the winners will also be rewarded with a surprise award ceremony in their classroom or assembly.

OfficeMax New Zealand’s National Manager of Government & Education Blair Horsfall said the programme is a fantastic way to celebrate the passionate and dedicated teachers in New Zealand.

“OfficeMax wants to highlight the exceptional work teachers put in for their schools and students, and provide them the recognition they deserve,” Mr Horsfall said.

“We’re encouraging parents and students to contact their local schools and suggest their favourite teachers for a nomination.

“Our team is always excited to get behind and support the A Day Made Better campaign and we’re looking forward to receiving this year’s nominations.”

Many teachers work tirelessly to ensure their pupils are receiving the best possible education, often sacrificing time with their own families to benefit their classrooms.

A Day Made Better began in the US in 2007, and is now a national programme run annually by OfficeMax. It has garnered the support of high-profile celebrities including Audrina Patridge, Cynthia Nixon and Demi Lovato. 

In the past four years, New Zealand has continued to grow the programme – increasing the amount of surprises delivered to teachers from eight to fifteen.

Nominations close on 25 September, 2015, and recipients will be thanked with a surprise celebration in November. 

Winners will be selected by an esteemed judging panel of members from the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. 

Principals, teachers and school administrators can nominate primary or intermediate school teachers through the website

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