Top Canadian Teachers to be Surprised by Grand & Toy with 'A Day Made Better'

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 
extra-curricular programming. 
Prize
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." 
Judging Process
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 
natural environment. 
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, 
visitgrandandtoy.com. 
About Safco
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, 
visit lsf-lst.ca. 
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