Top Canadian Teachers to be Surprised by Grand & Toy with 'A Day Made Better'
National Program Celebrates 17 Exceptional Teachers Who Demonstrate
Creativity, Innovation and Excellence in the Classroom
TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian office solutions provider Grand & Toy
(G&T), today will recognize 17 dedicated teachers from publicly-funded schools
during its third annual 'A Day Made Better' campaign
(www.grandandtoy.com/betterday). In classrooms across the country, the
corporate social responsibility initiative rewards exceptional kindergarten to
grade 8 teachers with a massive box containing $1,500 worth of classroom
supplies including an environmentally preferable and ergonomic chair donated
by Safco Products.
"Celebrating teachers as local heroes for the dedication and creativity they
bring to the classroom fits perfectly with our approach to support local
communities," said Kevin Edwards, Vice President, Marketing, Grand & Toy.
"Reviewing this year's record number of nominations, I was struck by the
passionate stories told by principals, colleagues, parents and students. Each
one clearly demonstrates a commitment to sustainability inside and outside the
classroom and a brighter future for Canadian children."
Now in its third year, the national 'A Day Made Better' sustainability program
received 47 nominations from coast to coast. This year will also see the
largest number of teachers celebrated with 17 of them being honoured and
surprised in their schools. The recognized teachers come from communities
across the country in the following cities: Belleville, Burnaby, Calgary,
Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, Ladysmith, Moncton,
Montreal, Orleans, St. Laurent, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Whitby and Winnipeg.
The nominations highlighted stories of how teachers go above and beyond
expectations to make a difference in the lives of their students. Some
teachers will be recognized for their innovative use of technology such as
creatively incorporating whiteboards and new media into their lesson plans.
Others were selected for approaching each child as an individual to engage
them on a personal level or taking leadership roles to enhance
Each box which will be presented today contains $1,500 worth of creative
classroom supplies that teachers can use to further enrich the classroom
environment. The more than 80 items which include a boom box with mp3 playback
capabilities, a digital camera and innovative arts and crafts materials are
provided to help teachers focus on continuing their great work rather than
worrying about how to secure educational supplies. The reward also includes a
gift that the teacher can call their own, an ergonomic chair.
"With no walls or door to their 'office', a teacher's chair should support
them when they're not thinking on their feet," said Nathan Peterson, Division
Manager, Safco Products Company. "We hope the comfort of an ergonomic and
environmentally preferable chair will provide them with a daily reminder of
our appreciation for their great work."
Nominations were accepted from March 1 to June 30, 2011. The Selection
Committee included staff from Grand & Toy, Safco and Learning for a
Sustainable Future. Entries were graded based on attributes including: the
teacher's passion, commitment, innovation, inspiration and overall
contribution to a sustainable social community inside the classroom and in the
About Grand & Toy
Grand & Toy is one of Canada's leading office solutions providers. With a
heritage that dates back to 1882, today's Grand & Toy is committed to offering
sustainable solutions to Canadian business in the areas of interiors,
technology, imaging and professional services, in addition to office and
facility supplies. We operate one of the country's largest distribution
networks serving clients coast-to-coast. Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm
commitment to corporate social responsibility through a comprehensive
sustainability strategy that's manifested through numerous internal and
external environmental and social outreach programs. For more information,
Safco Products Company is an industry leader, manufacturing products for
enhanced workplace organization and comfort. Much of Safco's rapid growth can
be attributed to marketplace sensitivity and a focus on product improvement.
Today, they are proud to offer over 2,200 premier products that have been
designed to meet specific needs in all areas of the workplace. For more
information, visit safcoproducts.com.
About Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF)
LSF is a non-profit Canadian organization that was created to integrate
sustainability education into Canada's education system. For more information,
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